In an attempt to make cab riding safer for women, students and faculty from Kolkata based Institute of Engineering designed a contraption which makes it possible to prevent undesired access to women passengers.
"The device has two aspects. One part, a steel mesh, separates the driver's chamber from the passenger. The other part comprises two safety latches in the two passenger doors that are welded to the body of the car. Unless the woman passenger opens the latch, no one can access the back seat doors and get in," the Institute's Director Satyajit Chakrabarti said.
The contraption is priced less than Rs 1,000 and is designed by the students and faculty members of the mechanical engineering department of the institute.
Chakrabarti, explaining the motivation behind this invention said "Most of the incidents related to cabs happen when the driver or miscreants access the backseat where the woman passenger is seated. So a barrier could thwart the perpetrator."
Now the institute is approaching cab aggregators such as OLA and Uber along with the government transport departments to introduce the innovation in public domain.