Wardah Nasir is a 21-year-old software engineering student. She uses public transport to attend classes at her university three times a week. Travelling in a qinqi is cheaper but full of drama, she says.
“If I get a seat at the back it can get very awkward very fast. Other drivers start hooting or passing rude comments. Sometimes motorcyclists will try to get close and throw pieces of paper [with their numbers on it] inside the qinqi,” she explained.
“There have been times people have followed me home and passed comments about my complexion,” she said.
When it gets too much, she sternly asks them: “What is your problem?”
Warda says theonly way women can deal with this is by being bold and confident.
“My mother tells me that I should have more confidence. She says agar tum abhi darr jao gi to aagaye ja kar kya karogi? How will you face problems in the future?” she added as she fixed her scarf before taking a seat in the qinqi and heading home.