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Rik: The newest addition to Karachi's streets

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Published on Aug 29, 2012

The crowded, chaotic and bulging streets of Karachi now have a new member to share the road with -- a 'rik.'

Frustrated by seeing women being harassed on the streets and in door-less rickshaws by men on motorbikes, Mohsin Abbas came up with the idea of introducing a rickshaw service similar to phone-in cab services. Soon, 'Call-a-Rik' was in the works. Abbas, with his son-in-law, thought up a rickshaw service that would turn up at your doorstep and provide you with an experience similar to what you would expect in a plane ride.

Abbas' 'rik' has doors, spacious seats, sliding windows, an LCD TV and headphones -- all for 10 rupees per kilometre.

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