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Rideshare apps have become a lifeline for women in urban areas, an alternative to risks they faced on public transport or in taxis. That’s not to say rideshares remove the risk altogether: in 2014, a 26-year-old Delhi woman was kidnapped and raped by her Uber driver, a case that led to a lawsuit against Uber for how they handled the victim’s medical records. The app was banned in Delhi for over a year but has since grown to dominate the market along with its local competitor Ola; combined, the two companies hold 80% of the Indian taxi market.
The ubiquity of rideshare cabs has had a lasting impact on the urban-dwelling women of India, with ripple effects reaching stay-at-home moms, workers, and college students. Rest of World spoke to six women who live in Kolkata, a city of 14 million, about how rideshares have changed the way they navigate their city.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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