Sakshi Mittal, an education consultant, thinks the provision that allows women to travel with children up to the age of 12 institutionalises traditional gender roles where a female is expected to take care of kids.

"If the government wants to exempt just in case a woman is with her child, similar privilege should also be given to men travelling with kids", Mittal said, adding that equality looks like a long fight till we keep getting privileges.
However, as much as they want to do their bit in fighting pollution, some find themselves in a fix as they feel inadequate public transport makes travelling unsafe for women.

"If I take the metro I will have to deboard at Govindpuri station and then take an auto to reach home since there is no station near my place in Batla House. I feel unsafe to travel in an auto alone so I am left with no choice but to drive", said Maryam Chouhan, an advertising executive.
Delhi High court had recently asked the AAP government to clarify why women drivers and two-wheelers were exempted from the odd-even number plate scheme that came into force on January 1.

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