In images taken from a mobile phone, the woman on the Kolkata metro is seen trying to shield the man with her body as a group of men hit him, kicked and punched him.
A young couple was harassed on the Kolkata metro, pushed off the train and then thrashed by a mob, allegedly because they were “standing too close”.
In images recorded on a mobile phone late on Monday night, the woman is seen trying to shield the man with her body as a group of men surrounds them with hands and fist raised.
The man was kicked and punched. The woman too, according to the passenger who took the photographs on his mobile phone, was also not spared.
A group of about 50 students from colleges across Kolkata protested outside the Dum Dum Metro station this evening against moral policing. “Leave the kids alone,” said one of the protestors. Another college student quoted Bob Dylan and said, “Your old road is rapidly aging. Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand, the times they are a changing.”
The young man and woman were on the metro heading from Chandni Chowk to the terminal Noapara station around 10 pm. Some eyewitness said there was no PDA or public display of affection at all. A senior citizen bumped into them while boarding the very crowded coach and an argument erupted and flared out of control.
First came the heckling as others traveling in the coach also joined the fight and objected to the couple’s “PDA“.
“Get a room” and “go to a club” was shouted at them.
When a stop came along – the Dum Dum metro station – the couple was pushed out and thrashed by a group that included middle-aged and elderly passengers.
“Witnesses say both were beaten until some more passengers from another coach cut in and dragged them to safety.”
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Photos of the incident were shared online and reached the office of Metro Rail.
According to sources, Metro officials have inspected additional footage but have not found any signs of the assault on their CCTV. Railway police at Dum Dum say there did not know there had been an altercation on the platform, say sources.
Also, as no complaint has been filed with the Metro so far, the authorities are not sure what to do next. They are approaching police for help.
The incident has divided Kolkata. While some say the public show of affection is not acceptable, other Metro regulars say PDA is commonplace on the late night trains. Most often people don’t bother couples. But once somebody passes a comment or makes a taunting remark, a herd mindset seems to take over.
But across the board, Kolkatans agreed, whatever the provocation, passengers could have objected and told off the couple but no none has the right to beat anyone up.
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