On December 2, 2010 I had written a letter to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), asking them to introduce “male-only” coaches in Delhi Metro in wake of the recent violence on ordinary, unsuspecting and innocent men as they inadvertently stepped into coaches reserved for women.
After that an application under the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) was filed with the DMRC asking them about the status of action taken on the demands made in the letter.
DMRC has replied to the RTI and the reply is available here,
The RTI reply mentions that,
“Further, your suggestion to reserve separate coach ‘only for men’ is not found feasible.”
Interestingly in reply to another RTI to the DMRC, some interesting facts and figures have come up. That RTI has been described here
The RTI was about the gender-wise distribution about the number of people died/injured during the Delhi Metro construction and the data that has come out is, that during Delhi Metro Construction:
- 1. 111 Men have lost their lives
- 2. 107 Men have been injured.
- 3. 1 Woman died.
- 4. 0 Women injured.
Hence, we see that on one hand, it’s the men who predominantly risk their lives and limbs (more than 10000% compared to women) and on the other hand, it’s the men who not only get thrashed up inside the metro but are also officially denied any protection or even an attempt to provide them with a safe and comfortable ride as DMRS rules out “male-only” coaches as “infeasible”
So, how was beating up of men or risking their lives feasible?
Such double standards are social norms unfortunately. Use men to build structures and them impose rules inside structures for the very men.
To start with, reserving coaches for women in metro is completely wrong. Why, at all, should men be barred from entering any of the coaches? To top it, men are thrashed and beaten like animals when they inadvertently enter the coach or are unable to get seats in unreserved coaches (as women occupy them as well).
And, even with violence happening on men, there is a straight denial to provide any kind of safe environment to the men.
This is nothing but a clear-cut illustration of male-hatred, misandry, as we know it better. And this misandry is the root cause of all men’s problems be it abnormally high rate of suicide, unemployment, no law to protect them, anti-male laws or no right to choice in life, to name a few.
Men are considered as the disposable entity – use and throw – and only an entity that is hated against can be treated as a disposable one.
That is why it is feasible to beat men, and not safeguard them.