Battle of Sex

Indian railway, especially local train that connects the urban region with city, plays an important role in daily life, mostly for the common people. During rush hour the journey in local trains is literally suffocating, an intolerable gathering takes place in each and every compartment where physical and mental harassment of ladies co passengers has became a regular act in this male chauvinistic society. To get rid off the issue present chief minister of West Bengal who was railway minister then, introduced a train called Matribhoomi local which is reserved for the ladies passengers only in each and every railway division of West Bengal. Availing this special train for male passenger is a punishable offence. As a result the next trains after ladies special is tremendously mobbed and hectic to avail. So male passengers have started protesting against this special train as an act of vengeance. Their demand was a complete ban on this particular special train allotted for women. In several division of sealdah section protest was going discreetly. One fine day few male passengers tried to avail the ladies special train from Birati station, the Sealdah-Bangaon railway division and female passengers resist him to board the train and battle of sex takes the place with a huge outburst. According to male passengers if the ladies special train get banned their journey can be better. But the reason is the city and its surrounding like urban areas will become overcrowded more than previous years due to various reasons. It is the only train which ladies passenger can travel bit easily and comfortably with and moreover each compartment is get secured by railway police force.  Women are safe here from sexual harassment which happens in other local mobbed trains during rush hour. The train has introduced mainly due to get rid of these offensive acts.  But to daily passengers except ladies it creates irritation as they can not avail this comfortable journey. Day to day anger was growing which outburst with an incident on 19th August 2015 at Birati railway station. According to male daily passengers it’s a political game of state ministry to get attention or support from women of the state. The gender discrimination, male chauvinism has opened up through this protest once again in one of the state of India where sexual harassment is growing like a contagious disease. Battle of sex is more than a protest for complete ban on Matribhoomi local, the ladies special train.

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#Birati, Kolkata,West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015. Women were lodging their                   greivances to the local media person.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015. People, waiting for the next train,   joined with the co-male passengers of ladies special train and were rising their voice with   slogans.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015.  A gesture of making calm down      the mass by a young protester.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015.  The situation was getting worsen.   No one were in the mood to listen anyone.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015. Boys under 18 years didn’t heasitate to join the mass protest.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015.  A lady passenger was accusing the male passenger

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015. People, waiting for the next train, joined with the mass and were rising their voice with slogans.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015. After few hours police force                covered the entire platform area.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015. A gesture of convince

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015. Another fellow passenger of ladies special train was taken to the police force as she was supporting the accused lady.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015. Being hassled, a  female passenger   was trying to  understand the current situation from inside the train.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015.  Protesters  were shaking their           hands after the hearing the administration’s verdict.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015. Slogan raised voices.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015. Local police had to deploy the            special force to take the situation under control.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015. Accused lady got surrounded by         mass and was throwing her logic on behalf of ladies passenger and against the male               passenger which was the main reason of intolerance to them.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015. After four and half hours finally the situation got under controlled under the supervision of special force along with local police station and trains started to run normally.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015.  People left platform after the           hassle got under controlled by police completely which took almost four and half hour.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 19th August 2015. People among the mass offered water to  a young fatigued protester.

 

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#Birati, Kolkata, India – 19th August 2015.  Few people among the mass sprinkled water on a young protester’s face who sat down in between the running mass,
as no such proper step lodged against the accused lady who threw the grandfather along with his grandson.

 

 

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