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There's A Taxi Service For Women In Mumbai Run By Female Martial Artists

Viira Cabs is run by women and for women.

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Ever since a woman was allegedly raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi, the subject of women's safety on Indian transport has been in the headlines.

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As a result, India's Home Ministry advised all states to ban all unregistered web-based taxi firms. Yesterday Hyderabad became the second city to ban Uber.

Now there is a new taxi firm, Viira Cabs, which is run strictly by women, for women, and whose drivers are trained in martial arts and armed with knives and pepper spray.

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Photographer and regular Viira Cabs passenger Sajna Sivan told Barcroft Media: “I am a photographer, so I have lot of late nights."

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"So when that happens I don’t want to randomly take a car with all equipment. I’d rather get someone with whom I feel comfortable."

Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Alan White at alan.white@buzzfeed.com.

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