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Netherlands PM promotes women driven cabs in New Delhi

060515-cabsSTORY: Visiting Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday (June 05) hired a few women driven cabs for his transportation in New Delhi to promote female drivers for public transport

Rutte boarded the vehicle at the residence of Netherlands ambassador to India, Alphonsus Stoelinga, and left for his destination in the Indian capital. Rutte interacted with the woman driver before getting into the vehicle.

India is the fourth-most dangerous place for a woman to take public transport, according to a poll published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. It was ranked second-worst on safety at night and for verbal harassment.

On average, 40 cases of crimes against women are registered daily by Delhi police.

Rutte arrived in New Delhi on Friday for his two-day visit. Earlier, both the countries signed a series of agreements in the field of trade, investment, infrastructure development and counter militancy.

Rutte is also scheduled to visit Mumbai’s Hotel Taj Mahal Palace on Saturday (June 06) where militants killed more than 160 innocent people in 2008, and meet Chief Minister of western Maharashtra state, Devendra Fadnavis.

The Netherlands is India’s fourth largest trading partner within the European Union (EU) and it belongs to the top five largest investors in India. The trade volume between India and the Netherlands has increased over the last couple of years to almost 6 billion Euros.


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