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Meet Chennai’s “Auto Akka” Safe Late Night Rides for Women

Meet Chennai’s “Auto Akka” Safe Late Night Rides for Women

Personal safety has become an important issue for women. When reports surface about women getting molested and raped even in broad daylight, thoughts of travelling alone at night turns into a nightmare for many women in Chennai. 

Chennai Makkalae! Don’t fear when Raji Akka is near!  Now you can travel safely at night. All thanks to PV Raji Ashok,  a female autokaari from Perambur who has taken a great responsibility to ensure that every woman is safe irrespective of what time it is. 

Who is Raji? 

Raji Ashok, a 48-year-old lady is originally from Palakkad, Kerala. She completed her bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

How to reach her? 

All you need is to book the ride at least a few hours before or preferably a day in advance, Raji Akka will be definitely at your doorstep even late at night! She never turns down anyone who seeks help. 

What makes her special? 

Just like in the song “Naa Autokaran” from the blockbuster movie Basha, every lyric of the song fits her well.

“Naalum therinja rootukaaran”(one who knows all the routes) – Raji Akka knows every nook and corner of the city’s street. 

“Nyaayam ulla rate’ukaran”(Reasonable fare) – she never charges any extra money from the customers. 

“Ezhaikellam sonthakaran”(Friend of the poor) – Raji Akka offers free rides to children, senior citizens and to those women who cannot afford to pay the fare. 

“Veyilo puyal mazhaiyo, matenu sollamaten– Whether it is the middle of the night or hot afternoon, she never refuses to ride on a woman. Isn’t she a superwoman? 

Let’s go back to her life and see how the journey started! 

Meet Chennai’s “Auto Akka” Safe Late Night Rides for Women

Everything begins with a love story

While she was still a student, she fell in love with Ashok, an auto-driver from the village whom she married later. While Ashok drove an auto, Raji worked as an Accountant in Coimbatore.

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An idea that changed her life! 

Raji and her husband shifted to Chennai after the 1998 Coimbatore bomb blast that took nearly 58 lives. She moved to Chennai, despite her qualifications, she couldn’t find any job. 

Raji started driving an auto just like her husband. She set an example for younger generations to show no work is small or big if we do it with honesty and hard work. She has given motivational talks in colleges and also teaches free auto driving to those who are interested. 

Meet Chennai’s “Auto Akka” Safe Late Night Rides for Women

There are a lot of people in the world who can afford to have a golden heart but very few do. A lot of people appreciates Raji’s care and concern for women.

Living in such a beautiful city, we can take pride in saying that Indeed Chennai is the safest place to live in! 

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Written by Arshiya Kauser

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