Kolkata: A young woman, travelling in a suburban train in Kolkata along with her friend, was harassed by fellow passengers who threatened and intimidated her and pulled her up for her dress. The couple later lodged a complaint with the Government Railway Police. “Yes we have received a complaint against unknown persons. We are trying to establish the identity of the accused and the entire matter is under investigation,” said a GRP officer on Monday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights The woman, working in a private company here, boarded the general compartment of the Barrackpore-bound local train from Sealdah station along with her friend on Saturday evening. “It was very sultry, there was little place to sit, so I requested a middle-aged man to shift a little so that we could sit side-by-side. He denied, saying he cannot shift as there is no fan,” the victim wrote in her Facebook post. According to her, she and her friend somehow adjusted in the little space without further argument. Even then the man taunted her, saying “this is not a ladies compartment”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed When the couple got up, the man shifted to the side he had initially refused to move to. The couple then asked him how he could manage without the fan now. There followed an altercation, which the woman video recorded on her mobile and then shared it on social media. The man was heard saying: “Go home and sit on each other’s lap. The metro incident (when a young couple was assaulted by a mob at the Dum Dum station of Kolkata Metro in late April for allegedly standing close to each other inside a train compartment) took place because of people of your generation.” Another man said: “Do not wear such clothes (t-shirt and jeans) and board the train.” In the video, the man can be clearly seen taunting her, saying “you are a woman, you are a woman, you are a woman, don’t speak too much”. She also retorted, asking him how he could speak about her dress. The woman then raised her voice and asked him to shut up. The woman’s friend said they were also taunted after they deboarded the train. “The taunting continued even after we alighted. When we responded… the language that the elderly man used, I will never expect a man of his age to use such words,” he said. “I just want to say, is this our country where women are meant to hear such things? This is our new society, where such behaviour has become a daily routine on trains and buses? I just want to ask, is this the behaviour which can be expected from the seniors?” the woman questioned in her Facebook post.
Kolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim alleged bias on part of the Election Commission when it comes to issuing instructions for removal of banners and hoardings with images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The outburst from the Mayor came after the Commission wrote to the Municipal Commissioner, urging him to take steps to remove hoardings and banners with images of Mamata Banerjee that are still found in some parks under the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We have already removed most of the hoardings or banners with picture of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee immediately after the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into effect. I have instructed my officials to remove any more such banners with immediate effect. We are always ready to abide by the norms of elections and instructions of the Commission in this regard. But I am sorry to say that several such banners exist on national highways and petrol pumps, with pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM’s pictures have been found on rail tickets too. But the Commission has turned a blind eye to many of these. Such bias is unfortunate,” Hakim said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe also lashed out at Union Home minister Rajnath Singh, over his statement at a political rally at Amta, Howrah that if the saffron party is voted back to power, he will let the Opposition know where they stand. “Why shouldn’t the Commission ban him for such a remark? He is presently the Home minister and we do not know whether he will be in power after the election results are announced. So such arrogant statements are undesirable,” Hakim said.