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Mumbai: Following Gurgaon School Student Pradyumn's Murder, Parents Trust Women Bus Drivers

At a time when children's safety in schools is under scanner, three women school bus drivers in Mumbai have earned complete trust of children and their parents

The murder of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur, a student of Ryan International School in Gurgaon on September 8 allegedly by the school bus conductor, has brought into focus the safety of students in schools across the country.Following the boy's death, scores of parents in the city have demanded that school buses be driven by women. The demand was also raised by union minister Maneka Gandhi who further suggested appointment of women as non-teaching staff as part of efforts to ensure safety of children.

The parents claim having women drivers puts a lot of anxieties to rest. "As the mother, I feel there is a sense of safety when a woman takes my child to school. Also, it would be easier for children, especially girls, to share their problems with a female," said Femina Birit, mother of a class VII student Dhriti.

According to Dhriti, school children interact freely with the drivers."We talk about everything, including what happened at school, problems we face, like teasing, and so on," said Dhriti, a student of Walsingham House School at Malabar Hill.

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