If you’ve catched on the news recently, you must’ve heard Arvind Kejriwal, the CM of Delhi, claiming in a press conference that he’ll make public transport in Delhi, such as buses and metro, free of cost for women, for making it more ‘safer’ for women to travel. I don’t know if it will happen someday or this is another ‘Modiji ne karne nhi diya‘ drama, but what’s more important here is that how gender equality, women empowerment and feminism have started to change their meanings to subjugation of men.
Don’t get me wrong. I am a feminist, and always will be. Feminism means equality of genders, and I stand by it. But these recent developments haven’t really been of those sorts. By making transport free based on one’s gender, the government seems to claim that women in a metro city such as Delhi aren’t independent. In today’s time, most women are working, making their own money, by running business or getting a salary. And, ofcourse, there are women who are unemployed, and are poor. But, aren’t their brothers and husbands too? There are unemployed men too in this city, Mr. Kejriwal. Don’t they deserve free transport?
And, Arvind Kejriwal seems to be talking about cutting the revenue of DMRC and DTC to half of what their present revenue, and increasing the load as more women will take free service. It sounds stupid enough to believe that it came from a person who cleared IIT & IAS, but didn’t bother to learn something from the commerce stream too. Naturally, the prices will have to be hiked. And, guess who’ll have to pay for that? Men. A daily wage labourer will be paying for a lady who’ll be travelling in metro because her Mercedes will drink Petrol worth much more than Rs. 0.
Yes, I know Arvind Kejriwal asked women who can afford the services to pay for it, but c’mon. This is India, we know most of them wouldn’t. Though I really felt nice to see a lot of girls on social media trashing this decision of Mr. Kejriwal too. This shows girls and women want equality, and this is nothing like that.
And, he claims that this move is for safety of women. Now, that is a pressing and important matter, I fail to understand how no cost of public transport makes it safer for them. It already is cheaper than any other kind of travelling means.
Plus, there’s already one whole coach only for women in every train, which is a good step for safety. But, there are also seats reserved for women in other coaches, and I’ve seen numerous times girls misusing those seats by displacing a person who’s carrying a heavy load or is certainly returning after doing some heavy physical activity. A person who requires that seat much more than those girls do.
I travel in Delhi Metro pretty often. But I honestly don’t remember the last time I got to sit. Infact, most of the times I let a metro or two pass by in hopes that I’ll be able to find space to stand in the next one. This situation will get a 10 times tougher if the cost is reduced to zero. People who will be paying for it will also have the toughest time to travel in it.
In short, I fail to understand what sort of step this is in Modern India. Whatever type of politics this is, it won’t increase his share of votes next year in Delhi Elections, given it doesn’t decrease it.
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