Child Lock feature is put in cars in order to prevent little kids from opening the door while you are driving.
But what it has got to do with women on a hired cab..? Yes, there are drivers who are actively using these child locks especially while they are having a female passenger.
Oh, may be the driver want to open the door for the lady princess assuming himself to be her prince.. serving her… He would have placed a flower mat too, if he had one in stock.. Such a nice guy, no.. ;).
Recently I received the below whatsapp information from one of my friends in connection to this.
Hi friends, just wanted to share something very important …in a discussion during the training on prevention of sexual harassment at work place, the trainer asked “what should you check for when you sit in a hired cab?” The answer to that is child lock. The room was silent for a few seconds as no one had said that. The trainer went on to tell us that in the last 4 years all cases related to rape/ molestation in cabs/by cab drivers had one thing in common, the victims were in cars that had child lock on them.
I am not sure on those numbers mentioned in the above message. But it has relevant information especially while thinking about the recent Uber car driver incident.
So how to check whether this feature is turned on or not without asking the driver..?
The child locks could be mechanical types or electronic types. Mechanically controlled ones are normally there on the edges of the back seat door (could be some moving buttons) while electronic types are activated from the driver position. So in order to know whether the feature is turned on,
- We can check the ON state of mechanical types in the doors, before getting in. And for this we need to be familiar with the ‘locked or unlocked positions’ of the switches or buttons or levers.
- If windows are open, try to open the door from inside through the windows, before getting in.
- Once we get in, try to open the other door before closing the door through which we entered.
- If there are no window locks, we can also try to reach the outside door handle through windows once we get in.
So, be aware of this, the next time you close the cab door and share it with your female friends, colleagues and all. And moreover be vigilant….