A women-only rickshaw service opens in the Pakistan city of Lahore to help female passengers escape the unwanted attentions of male drivers. Paul Chapman reports.
Zara Aslam's auto-rickshaw is more than just an eye-catching colour. It's for women only to help female passengers escape the unwanted attention of male drivers. Aslam's service only has one rickshaw at the moment but she's hoping to expand to 25 by the end of the year. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ZARA ASLAM, PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN'S ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION FUND WHO HAS STARTED THE PINK RICKSHAW SERVICE, SAYING: "Women over here face a lot of harassment when they go out into the public spaces and they want to use public transport. So, it's not really available, and what is available is very risky so they get harassed when they are waiting for a bus or a rickshaw or a taxi. Taxi is an absolute no-no because it's considered even more unsafe." Aslam says she's also teaching women to drive and help them get their driving licences. She's hoping they'll use their new-found skills to follow her lead. Each rickshaw costs about 3, 000 dollars and Aslam's looking for sponsors to help expand Lahore's women-only fleet.