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The brutal Delhi gangrape-murder case, followed by angry protests from citizens across the country, saw tall promises being made by authorities to ensure safety of women in Delhi. Less than a month later, a ground check reveals that the new women's helpline, not only takes more than a couple of phone calls, but also, almost 30 minutes to register a complaint.

It's been a month since the Delhi braveheart was brutally assaulted when she boarded the bus after an auto refused to take to her destination. A month on, CNN-IBN still finds autos routinely refusing to take passengers after 7 pm. Some don't want to go by the meter while some just flatly refuse.

At 9:30 pm, a CNN-IBN reporter travelled around 22 km in Delhi and tried to board around 19 autos, but just one of them agreed to take her to her destination by meter. Not just that, CNN-IBN found that these autos themselves may not safe. An RTI query shows that hundreds of autos in the capital are registered at fake addresses.

At an address in East Delhi, 125 autos have been registered. The address belongs to 70-year-old Kusum Khanna and her children, who say they have nothing to do with the autos. The Delhi government says it's doing everything possible to check this menace.

Also, when the CNN-IBN reporter called the new women's helpline, 181, they passed her from number to number, with her complaint being registered only after three calls and 30 minutes. So helplines didn't work smoothly, but the challenge ahead of the Delhi administration is clear - that autos don't deny passage to anyone, and that their ownership is clearly verified.

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