The New York Times ran an engrossing article about the Ladies Specials commuter trains in India. These eight trains are reserved exclusively for the use of female passengers in India's largest cities: New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta. According to the article, the number of working women in India has almost doubled in the past 15 years. Along with this increasing economic independence and freedom, women have encountered violence and animosity from men. Getting to work has become such a traumatic ordeal for women that the government has decided that removing men from the trains is the only way to keep women safe. Click here to read the article.
(photo: Chiara Goia for The New York Times)