Updated: December 9, 2021 11:10:45 am
An elderly fish seller woman was allegedly forced to deboard a bus by its conductor due to fish odour in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district.
Condemning the act, Chief Minister MK Stalin Stalin tweeted that he was shocked by the incident. He said that at a time when the conductors are efficiently implementing free bus travel for women, this act of the conductor is condemnable. He said people should think and act with a mindset that everyone is equal.
மகளிர் மேம்பாட்டுக்காகக் கட்டணமில்லா உரிமைச்சீட்டை வழங்கி, அதை நடத்துநர்கள் திறம்படச் செயல்படுத்தி வரும் இக்காலத்தில், ஒரு நடத்துநரின் இச்செயல் கண்டிக்கத்தக்கதாக உள்ளது.
எல்லோரும் சமம் என்ற பரந்த உள்ளத்துடன் நம் அனைவரது எண்ணமும் செயலும் அமைய வேண்டும். 2/2
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) December 7, 2021
Selvam (65), an elderly woman who hails from Vaniyakudi hamlet near Kanyakumari, had been selling fish for a living. On Monday, after selling fish, she reached the Kolachel bus stand and boarded a bus to get back to her hometown as usual. The conductor of the bus allegedly asked her to get down as she was smelling fish.
The woman then raised a complaint to the timekeeper, but to no avail. She started crying and a passerby recorded the whole incident and shared it on social media. The video went viral and the netizens demanded stern action against the concerned bus conductor and other authorities.
Following this, an enquiry was conducted. The bus driver Michael, conductor Manikandan and timekeeper Jayakumar were suspended by the Kanyakumari transport department.
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