For the first time in its history, women in Karnataka, India are experiencing more freedom and possibility as the state offers free bus travel for women. As part of a government initiative to increase employment, women can now to board a bus at any time, for as many times as they wish. The Guardian shared that within the first nine days of the announcement, over 40 million women climbed aboard, expressing unbridled joy, gratitude and excitement. In this patriarchal culture, some of the state's 35 to 40 million women will still need to ask for permission from their in-laws, parents or husband to take the bus. However, Srinivas Alavilli, a citizen-activist in Bengaluru, India believes this is the beginning of social transformation, as more and more women will gain independence by working outside of the house, earning their own money and by becoming a part of the every day landscape.

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