Candles are being light this evening in memory ofpeople who died in road accidents, maybe we should look at making our roads, and public transport safter?
My scooter has conked off, and I am taking the public transport from the university to Kala Academy and back.
It is quite interesting to watch people.
I have this happening in the Vasco locals too.
There are seat designated for women, where men sit quite comfortable and women are standing, neither does the conductor ask the men to stand up, nor do the women exert their rights. One time when I told a woman it is a women’s seat sit down, she told me how can I? My husband is standing. I could ignore that as her call.
Then we have teenage boys who don’t give up the seat, they avoid making eye contact so that the women won’t draw their attention or point blank ask them to get up.
Oh! Yes there are mothers of teenage boys who plonk and get their sons to sit next to them they don’t let the boys get up when another woman comes by. If the boy is asked to get up then they create a ruckus.
The other day, there was a senior citizen who was standing. In the seat designated for senior citizen was a staff from the Manipal Hospital. I got up and gave my seat to the elderly gentleman, at the university stop another elderly woman got in, when we told this staff of Manipal Hospital to get up, she says what’s wrong if I sit I am getting off at Manipal hospital. I knew the staff of Manipal Hospital Goa is rather rude but this kind of takes the cake.
What is this entire thing of education, and making the public transport women and senior citizen friendly?
What does the conductor do if he cannot ensure things are functioning the way it is meant to?
It is bad enough that in bus that allows 11 standing passengers the number of standing passengers are 22, one time the conductor insisted that I stand of the steps, when the bus stopped I feel off.
With these blatant flaunting of safety regulations does it really make sense to have this light a candle to remember people who died in an road accident?