I travelled by the metro for around two years before I shifted my workplace to Gurgaon and started using my own vehicle for movement. In these two years, I had seen many instances when a male offered a seat to females (even younger ones) just to show the courtesy (I’m talking of non-reserved seats) but has faced situations where the girls in their 20s asks for the seats from men, even un- reserved.
Similar thing happened that day too. An old thin man, probably in his 70s took a seat reserved for ladies as no other seat was available. On next station, two girls, must be in their 20s boarded the train and started looking for the seats with ‘reserved for ladies’ sign. They found the man sitting there. One of those girls went ahead and asked the man to get up from the seat as it was reserved for THEM. The man got up without any protest and without any question. The boy sitting next to the man stood from the seat and offered it to the old man. Everybody took the note of the situation but nobody could Of Course say anything to those girls as it was their RIGHT.
WHAT SURPRISED EVERYONE WAS THAT THEY DE-BOARDED AFTER TWO STATIONS
I was also surprised like everyone and had the same question in my mind as anyone and everyone would have had at that situation…
WHO WAS MORE IN NEED OF THAT SEAT OUT OF THOSE TWO?
And this question still looms large and is relevant to most of the situations.
SHOULDN’T OUR RESERVATION POLICY (IN ANY FIELD, ON ANY BASIS) ALSO TAKE ‘NEED’ IN CONSIDERATION?
WHO IS IN NEED OF THE RESERVATION REALLY? A SPECIFIC CAST, RELIGION, GENDER?
FINANCIAL, PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL DISABILITIES SHOULD SCORE OVER THESE THINGS WHEN RESERVATION POLICIES ARE MADE?