No shelter for lone lady travellers yet

One-night shelter homes, a longpending demand of lone women travellers in the state, is yet to take off because of the failure of the government agencies to identify the right buildings to house them.

The Social Justice Department and the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation (KSWDC) have confirmed that they have directions and funds to start the project. The only hindrance is the non-availability of suitable buildings in respective districts. “The shelters should be in the vicinity of the railway station or a bus station and not in remote areas,” said V N Jithendran IAS, Director, Social Justice Department.

The department had set up a shelter in Thiruvananthapuram as a pilot project, but had to abandon it because there were no takers, he said. Shelters are being planned in Poojappura and Venjaramood in Thiruvananthapuram and Kakkanad in Kochi.

Full report here New Indian Express


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