A portrait of a woman is seen near the entrance of the female compartment of a suburban train at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station in Mumbai. In India, some train compartments, or sometimes whole trains, are reserved specifically for female passengers in an effort to make their travel easier and more secure. Since the December 16, 2012, gang rape of 23-year-old physiotherapy student Jyoti Singh Pandey in New Delhi, who later died of her injuries, the role and treatment of women in society has become a hot political issue in the country.
The death of Jyoti Singh Pandey has led to widespread protests in the region decrying violence against women, and has also heightened awareness of why many Indian women do not feel safe while traveling unless their accommodations are segregated from men.
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