Para-athlete denied lower berth in train, forced to sleep on floor

Suvarna Raj was forced to sleep on the floor of a train after her request for a lower berth was allegedly denied.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 11, 2017 6:12 pm
Para-athlete Suvarna Raj. ANI photo

Suvarna Raj, an international para-athlete and social worker, was forced to sleep on the floor after she was allegedly denied lower berth on the Nagpur-Delhi Garib Rath train. The para-athlete was initially allotted an upper berth in a coach reserved for the differently-abled.  But when Suvarna approached the railway authorities, requesting them to allot her a lower berth, she was told that there were no seats available, reported the Times of India.

“I tried contacting the coach attendant and the TTE, asking for an alternative seat, but I was told that I had to manage with whatever I had since the coach was full. I asked for a blanket, but I was denied that too. The attendant told me that the compartment has a fixed number of blankets, which had been allotted to passengers. I had paid the full fare. Still, I did not have a seat and had to lie down on the floor near the toilet,” TOI quoted her as saying.

Suvarna, who is wheelchair bound, suffers 90 per cent disability due to polio. “Want to meet Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu and tell him about the problems we have to face while travelling in trains,” she told news agency ANI.

Suvarna Raj participated in the Thailand Para Table Tennis Open 2013 and won two medals. She also participated in the 2014 Asian Para Games held in South Korea. She now runs an organisation for the differently-abled and fought the Delhi MCD polls on Swaraj India ticket from Begumpur.

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    Brinda Rao
    Jun 12, 2017 at 10:29 am
    How is this an Railway issue? Why to blame Railways!!! Nobody offered to exchange their lower berth with her? I am surprised!
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      shameem ahmed
      Jun 11, 2017 at 10:10 pm
      The incident speaks volumes of the decadent society we live in today.we also hear of public taking videos of a girl being raped or murdered instead of saving her.
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        Mohammad Dar
        Jun 12, 2017 at 1:41 am
        Typical of a society living by hindu criminal manifesto of hindrance to truth hinduism, illegality, as a faith, Nothing will change, unless they dump hind crime of hinduism racism, as a faith,
      2. J
        Jun 11, 2017 at 7:48 pm
        It's quite shocking. No one offered to volunteer to give up their lower berth to a handicapped person. Are we becoming so mean and selfish?
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          t m
          Jun 11, 2017 at 7:14 pm
          I am sure railways did not take the lower berth home. Further these must have been already allotted to some passenger. Why din't one of the passenger more able exchange his/her lower berth for this para- athlete. Why headline talks of Raiiway not allotting. Is there not a single passenger with some chivalry to exchange a lower berth. So everything has to be done by railways/government and citizens are not responsible for anything. God bless us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          1. T
            Jun 11, 2017 at 6:14 pm
            May be she is an antinational that is why she is complaining our rail which is the Shaan of indian under Mr. Prabhu. BJP must need to file an FIR against this antinational lady who dares to complain Bharat Ka Guarav Rail, aur use bhi zayada gauravshaali Mantri
            1. d
              Jun 11, 2017 at 6:56 pm
              What has BJP or railways anything to do with this, it is a babu issue. If she had given adequate bakshish all would have ok
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              Mithi Choco
              Jun 11, 2017 at 6:02 pm
              giving a berth to the physically hanicapped is by right irespective of her being an athelete
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                Shyamal Ganguly
                Jun 11, 2017 at 5:51 pm
                Railway authority acted properly. She is responsible for her plight - not the workers in the moving train. Ji-Sarkar, han sarakar "main garib admi" nonsense days of CONGI management is gone. But If I would be there in that same compartment in a lower berth , I sure would have exchanged her place with mine. In any civilized society that would happen. But Indian school system does not teach social science and we remain uncivilized.
                1. d
                  Jun 11, 2017 at 5:44 pm
                  hian India in its real form, compassion is for giving speaches, typical babu behavior
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