A fine of Rs 200 on men caught travelling in Delhi Metro’s women-only coaches seems to have done the trick. On the first day of the rule coming into force, the Delhi Metro squads, who were hoping to impose penalty on men caught travelling in the women’s coach, had to return empty-handed.
DMRC officials said no man was fined for travelling in the coaches exclusively meant for women, when the squads conducted surprise raids on trains. Delhi Metro had on Sunday announced that Tuesday onwards, men caught travelling in the women-only coaches would have to pay a fine of Rs 200.
It deployed mobile checking squads to ensure proper compliance, but no one was found flouting the rules. “Since this move has just started, we really cannot say how successful it would be. However, it has definitely acted as a deterrent to men entering the compartment,” says Anuj Dayal, spokesperson DMRC.
“We haven’t actually started imposing any fine and at the moment, just surprise checks are taking place. But if required, we will fine them as well,” Dayal adds.
From October 2, Metro has reserved the first coach of every train for women. Since then, there have been incidents of men forcing their way into these special coaches due to over-crowding in the general compartments. Children up to 12 years of age accompanying any lady passenger, are allowed to travel in the reserved coach. Women are loving the coach.
“The ladies’ compartment is really cool but it is getting crowded day by day. Guys do enter, but the guards on duty shoo them off to the other compartments, since most of them are not aware of the fine,” says Amrita Dutta, a PR executive. However, women passengers allege that even today, some men were found travelling in the ladies’ coach. They had to tell the men that the DMRC squad would fine them if they were caught travelling in the special coach.
“Most of the times men stay in the general compartment, but as it gets crowded, they smartly start moving towards the ladies’ compartment and almost fill it up. I have seen some men argue and demand for refunding of their tickets. I guess, the surprise check will start soon on my route,” says Madhu Chopra, a student of Delhi University, who takes the Metro from Noida to Vishwavidyalaya.
Men however, are not happy with the idea of fining though surprise checks are something they are ok with. “It is good that DMRC has started a compartment for women. I see most of the men don’t travel in the ladies’ compartment, and fining them for travelling in women’s only coach is not fair. Maybe a stern warning will do,” says Mohit Anand, a call centre executive.
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