What makes such a large number of men insist upon travelling in coaches reserved for women? Maybe they don’t expect to be questioned or fined, or maybe they genuinely believe women should not have reserved coaches?
Could these men’s sense of entitlement be this strong – do they really fail to see that there is a serious social problem here? Are they really unaware that women are harassed in public spaces, so much that a huge number of women don’t travel after dark, many constantly worry about what they are wearing, (and how they are talking, walking, laughing etc), many don’t pick up jobs that require a commute, many are denied education and many depend on male family members to accompany them even to places like hospitals?
NEW DELHI: Fines from men travelling in women’s only coaches have swelled Delhi Metro coffers by a staggering Rs 32 lakh in the two years since the rule was introduced on Oct 2, 2010, an official said.
“Since the introduction of reserved coaches, 12,757 men have been fined Rs 3,189,250 for unlawful entry in the last two years,” a Delhi Metro official told IANS.
To view this from another perspective: In the two-and-a-half years till July 2011, a total of 19,325 commuters were fined Rs.34 lakh for various offences like obstructing officials or travelling beyond the authorised distance. This makes men travelling in women’s coaches the biggest offenders.
Do you think the problem is disrespect for rules in general, or crowded coaches?
this can be only resolved if more no of coaches and frequency will get increase… due to other coaches are crowded one will always get in where crowd is less….
I also wonder if some people really see reserved coaches as some kind of special indulgence towards women?
Could some of these men be molesters who resent being denied the opportunity to harass women (maybe harass them, Indian movies style, into falling in love with them!)?