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Women find it unsafe to travel in DTC buses despite marshals

Travelling in a DTC bus has become a nightmare after sun-down, especially for women. The deployment of marshals too proves to be of no use as the buses are filled with unruly elements.
On Wednesday night, a marshal was severely injured by a group of youth when he was allegedly stabbed for asking them to vacate seats reserved for women. The incident took place on the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road near Saket.

It has been seen that a few routes are prone to unwanted activities. Deployment of bus marshals has not changed the scenario much as the marshals are often assaulted by the offenders. Thus, the commuters are left at the mercy of the pickpockets and goons, keep aside eve-teasers. “Every day I avail DTC buses and this is a daily routine to see such activities inside the buses. We are helpless as they come in groups and misbehave with other passengers. Some of them even carry blades and knives. <g data-gr-id="25">Majority</g> of them are local goons with criminal backgrounds,” said Rakesh Sharma, who commutes daily from Seema Puri to Noida sector 37 via DTC bus route number 33.

Earlier on May this year, a Delhi Police head constable was assaulted by a group of men after he caught one of them stealing his mobile phone while travelling in a bus in North Delhi. Four men pelted stones at the head constable and his friend, who was travelling with him, and the alleged thief attempted to attack him with a knife. The police official was, however, able to reclaim his phone after overpowering the group of thieves.
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