A strategy to address abduction and rape by fake taxis

Friday, April 27, 2018

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Dear Editor,

It is appalling that low-life males would intentionally deceive innocent women into boarding their vehicles and then take them to remote locations to violate them, sexually or otherwise.

There is therefore a need to think creatively about an approach that will lessen the chances of such incidents occurring.

The standard that should be adopted for all vehicles used as taxis is to have transparent partition barriers within the vehicles that form four quadrants. This partitioning will separate the driver, the front passengers, the front row, the back row, and also create a division of the back seats. In other words, there will be four separate spaces within the vehicle. The passengers will not be able to come into contact with each other or with the driver and vice versa, except for handing fares to the driver through a narrow opening. What this means is that any unscrupulous person posing as a passenger cannot hold onto a genuine passenger for the purpose of restraining him/her or giving demands at knifepoint. Additionally, theft will be impossible because of the barrier between each of the occupants of the vehicle. The driver is also shielded from attack.

In the event that the passenger realises that he/she is being taken on an unfamiliar route and becomes fearful, he/she can either immediately make a distress phone call without having his/her phone taken away because the partition prevents it, or he/she can exit the vehicle at a traffic light without being grabbed and held back.

Let's look into this.

The Writer

blackpencilpoint@gmail.com

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