Gangtok: Amid nationwide outrage over the recent cases of rape and murder, the Sikkim Police has launched a free ride scheme under which any woman in the state capital who is alone and unable to find transport services at night will be dropped home in a vehicle free of cost.

The scheme, launched by Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang on Sunday, is aimed at ensuring women’s safety at odd hours, an official said.

Upon receiving the call, the control room vehicle or the station house officer’s vehicle will come to her aid, the official added.