Training Day

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[New Delhi, August 5. Image via Getty]

Railway Protection Force (RPF) women squad personnel chat while waiting for the flag-off of the Delhi-Palwal 'Ladies Special' train in New Delhi on August 5, 2009. The Railway Minister flagged off two 'Ladies Special' trains, one to run from Delhi to Palwal in Haryana and the second to run from Mumbai's Chatrapathi Shivaji Railway (CSR) terminus to Panvel, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. An Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) train with nine coaches, which will run on weekdays from Delhi to Palwal and back exclusively for women, will be escorted by a women Railway Protection Force (RPF) squad for safety. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images>


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Torn. One the one hand, those two woman look happy and awesome, and maybe have an opportunity they would not otherwise have were it not for the women's only train. On the other hand, how sad that the response to violence is to "isolate" women rather than take steps to stem gender related violence. Not that they aren't also taking those steps, but it just strikes me as disheartening.