For being a hotbed of Feminism, West Bengal in India is seeing a raise of spontaneous movement in support of Men’s Rights. The Youth of Bengal suddenly seem to have arisen against Women appeasement and using women as vote bank.
They have openly expressed their anger at feminist equivocation. On one hand women speak of equality on the other hand they want to have all the privileges and be mollycoddled.
During her tenure as railway minister, Mamata Banerjee introduced Mathrubhumi local trains in the 2010 Railway Budget as “women only” local trains.
While during peak hours, men commuters have to travel in claustrophobic condition in local trains, women commuters travel in regal comfort, often escorted by police.
It may be noted that most locals have coaches reserved for ladies. The police makes sure that no body enters these reserved compartments and imposes heavy fine in any one dares to do so. There have been incidents where men and boys have been pushed off running trains by female commuters for entering into ladies special.
Though there are seats for senior citizens and coaches for handicapped person, the railway does not make any effort to enforce them.So a septuagenarian has to travel in crowded locals standing all along, where as a girl in twenties sits comfortably during the ride.
Most of the Mathrubhumi locals are occupied around 30 percent even in the peak hours and hence the railway decided to allow men in a few coaches of the ladies special.
On being notified, last week, some men from Kolkata’s Dum Dum and few other stations entered the ladies special train and faced ill treatment at the hands of the female passengers. One of them was even pushed out of the moving train by women passengers.There was hooliganism by women commuters at Khardah station on 17th Aug 2015 and a school student was kicked down by a woman in Birati station.Male passengers started protesting by halting the train services and demanded few general compartments for men.
The agitation led the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to intervene.
Mamata Banerjee told Railway Minister that Mathrubhumi was her brain child and it was bad on the part of the ministry to succumb to demand of the protesters forgetting the wellbeing of the millions of women passengers. The Railway Minister succumbed and withdrew the order.
Protesting the minister’s decision, thousands of male passengers blocked trains all around Kolkata. The male passengers threatened to continue the protests in the coming days unless railway ministry withdraws Mathrubhumi or attaches at least two general compartments to it. They have demanded a Pitribhoomi Local or Male only local.
There were posters, pamphlet and thousands of commuters participated in support of Men’s legitimate right. Rail traffic was paralyzed.
Though the railway is yet to consider the demand, It indeed signaled the dawn of new era.
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