Hyderabad: Following the harrowing death of Disha (name changed), Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) changed their policy to allow women to carry pepper spray from December 3.

Hyderabad followed Bengaluru to allow women to carry pepper spray. Earlier Metros, similar to airports, didn’t let pepper spray, considering it as a security hazard. The decision to allow pepper spray in Bengaluru Metro came after four men raped and murdered the Hyderabad’s veterinary doctor.

Managing Director of HMRL NVS Reddy said, “For the safety of women, we have decided to allow pepper spray. Our security personnel at Metro stations have been informed of the same.”

The issue of pepper spray not being allowed in Metro came to light after a public policy researcher from Bengaluru took to Twitter asking why security personnel are confiscating pepper sprays from women.

Hyderabad police had also issued safety advisories to women, after Disha’s death.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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