Female-Only Taxi Firm Teaches Drivers Karate

After an alleged rape by an Uber cab driver in India, women in Mumbai are turning to a new taxi service – run by kung-fu females. Viira Cabs is run strictly by women, for women and drivers are trained in deadly karate and armed with knives and pepper spray.

Rape and treatment of women has become a huge issue in India since the gang rape and murder of medical student on a bus in 2012. The firm was founded by entrepreneur and social activist Preeti Sharma Menon, who wanted women to be able to travel safely around the clock.