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<p>A portrait of a woman is seen near the entrance of the female compartment of a suburban train at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station in Mumbai November 2, 2012. In India some train compartments, or sometimes whole trains, are reserved specifically for female passengers in an effort to make their travel easier and more secure. The role and treatment of women in society has recently become a hot political issue in the country, since the Dec. 16 gang rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi, who later died of her injuries, and whose case has led to widespread protests in the region against violence against women. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files</p>

A portrait of a woman is seen near the entrance of the female compartment of a suburban train at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station in Mumbai November 2, 2012. In India some train compartments, or sometimes whole trains, are reserved...more

A portrait of a woman is seen near the entrance of the female compartment of a suburban train at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station in Mumbai November 2, 2012. In India some train compartments, or sometimes whole trains, are reserved specifically for female passengers in an effort to make their travel easier and more secure. The role and treatment of women in society has recently become a hot political issue in the country, since the Dec. 16 gang rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi, who later died of her injuries, and whose case has led to widespread protests in the region against violence against women. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

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<p>Women are pictured inside a carriage as they wait for the Ladies' Special train to move at Church Gate Railway Station in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files</p>

Women are pictured inside a carriage as they wait for the Ladies' Special train to move at Church Gate Railway Station in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

Women are pictured inside a carriage as they wait for the Ladies' Special train to move at Church Gate Railway Station in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

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<p>Female commuters travel inside the women's compartment of a suburban train while heading towards Mumbai November 3, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files</p>

Female commuters travel inside the women's compartment of a suburban train while heading towards Mumbai November 3, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

Female commuters travel inside the women's compartment of a suburban train while heading towards Mumbai November 3, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

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<p>A woman speaks on the phone as she stands near the open doorway of a Ladies' Special train while travelling in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files</p>

A woman speaks on the phone as she stands near the open doorway of a Ladies' Special train while travelling in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

A woman speaks on the phone as she stands near the open doorway of a Ladies' Special train while travelling in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

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<p>Women are pictured inside a carriage as they wait for the Ladies' Special train to move at Church Gate Railway Station in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files</p>

Women are pictured inside a carriage as they wait for the Ladies' Special train to move at Church Gate Railway Station in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

Women are pictured inside a carriage as they wait for the Ladies' Special train to move at Church Gate Railway Station in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

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<p>A vendor sells food inside the Ladies' Special train in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files</p>

A vendor sells food inside the Ladies' Special train in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

A vendor sells food inside the Ladies' Special train in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

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<p>Women try to enter the ladies' compartment of a crowded train heading towards Delhi at Noli Railway Station in Utter Pradesh November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files</p>

Women try to enter the ladies' compartment of a crowded train heading towards Delhi at Noli Railway Station in Utter Pradesh November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

Women try to enter the ladies' compartment of a crowded train heading towards Delhi at Noli Railway Station in Utter Pradesh November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

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<p>A police officer is pictured inside the Ladies' Special train at Church Gate Railway Station in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files</p>

A police officer is pictured inside the Ladies' Special train at Church Gate Railway Station in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

A police officer is pictured inside the Ladies' Special train at Church Gate Railway Station in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

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<p>A vendor sells vegetables inside the Ladies' Special train in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files</p>

A vendor sells vegetables inside the Ladies' Special train in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

A vendor sells vegetables inside the Ladies' Special train in Mumbai December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/Files

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