Other than a woman driver, the cabs will have 3G-enabled mobile phones with 'video recording' facility which would also have Speed Dial for All SHOs for distress call number, a panic buzzer, a pepper spray and Women Helpline Numbers displayed on it prominently.

Speaking at the event, Bassi said that with the new service, if women think that they don't want to be driven home by a man, they have an option.

Meru Cabs CEO Siddhartha Pahwa said the number of such cabs will be increased to 300 in the next couple of months. Referring to the Uber rape case incident, Pahwa said, "last month's incident has forced us to make efforts to make our roads safer." Other than training in driving and basic etiquettes by their employer, Delhi Police has also provided 'Self Defense Training' to all women chauffeurs.

"We have given you three-day training but we want you to continue practicing it, which will make you stronger. Many men are fools (nalayak), they attack women because they are under the impression that they are weaker. Through self-defence training, we want to fill that gap in physical ability so that you can give somebody a befitting reply if he misbehaves with you," he said.

Bassi also said it is also in a way women empowerment as now new avenues of work opportunities are opening for them which were earlier limited to teaching, nursing etc.

Branded with a distinct pink bumper, MeruEve will be accessible through its dedicated 24x7 call center 4422 4422, Meru Cabs App (Android, iOS) and also kerb/street pick-up. It will be available to passengers at a standard radio taxi fare of Rs 23 per km.

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