As stakeholders and market experts peg their expectations from Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda's maiden budget, one key element that remains to be factored within the economic purview is that of women's safety. Even though a substantial sum is allocated every year towards ensuring women's safety at railway platforms and during train journeys, the Indian Railways continue to remain a hotbed of crimes against women.
In a country that is grappling with issues of women's security, there is a lot that Gowda can do to provide safer modes of travel to female travellers.
During the initial budget session, on Monday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made a point by saying, "If you want to use a service, you need to pay for it."
And so the women commuters urge the government to let the rail fare hike amount to their travel security.