Women Only Experience at Delhi Metro

By Mridula Dwivedi February 28, 2011 18 Comments ,

First things first, when I got down from the Metro yesterday I was quite blown away as this was the view that greeted me. I quickly overcame any hesitations that were trying to raise their heads and took out my SLR with the 70-300mm zoom attached to it. Can you blame me? Throughout the journey I was wondering where the sun was and what kind of sunset it was!

Sunset along the Delhi Metro Station
What a Sunset!

Now that I am writing the post I am thinking it could be only about the sunset pictures, but then I wanted to write about the Women Only coaches of Delhi Metro and I will do so. I remember earlier there were no such women only coaches and as I rarely travel alone within Delhi/Gurgaon I was OK with it. But recently I used the Women Only coaches quickly as I was traveling alone. The first time, I took a Metro from ISBT to Gurgaon late at night around 10.00pm and didn’t like it much, as it was not a women only coach, in fact towards the last station I was the only women in the coach and I changed it!

Women Only, Delhi Metro
Women Only, Delhi Metro

This weekend I traveled to my sister’s place. So on Friday as well as Sunday I was traveling alone and taking the Metro. I took the train around 7.00pm on Friday and 4.30 pm on Sunday. On both the occasions it was a great experience to be in a women only coach. I guess I felt more at ease, less bothered about people misbehaving with me and less concerned about guarding my personal space. A few men who tried to entered the coach were asked to leave either by the security personnel or the women in the traveling in coach.  I am told that the security personnel vanish towards 10.00 pm or so and hence my relatively bad experience on the first trip.

But as I said, what made my day was the sunset that greeted me when I got down. I got an added bonus of clicking a train along with the sunset too.

Delhi Metro Train
Delhi Metro Train

However there was a twist in the story when I tried to get out of the station! I inserted the coin in the slot and the barrier did not open! I was quite perplexed as this had never happened before. There was a person who took out the coin and said I should talk to the customer care. When I gave the token  to the person sitting there, he said it was for Ramesh Nagar! For my life I do not even know where is Ramesh Nagar and I have no clue why I was given a token for that when I wanted to go to Gurgaon! As a way out he said I would have to buy another full ticket, which I did. I could have raised a ruckus that it was not my fault but I was so happy with the sunset pictures that I bought another token and I happily got out. And before I sign off here is another picture that made me so happy that I did not fight about the wrong token!

Delhi Metro
Delhi Metro

For those of you who wish to ask me why do we even need a women only coach in Delhi (India?) as it is not promoting equality etc, that is a story for another day. But if you have traveled by public transport in India, chances are you will not ask this question 😀

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18 thoughts on “Women Only Experience at Delhi Metro”

  1. 🙂 I heard women complaining about the men in public transports. I hope the young generation would change bitter experiences.
    Good exposure settings for the capture, like the way they are taken.

    This was a very big post by you, occasional happening it seems.

    Women only seats, women only coach and women only land… these would change when people start respecting each other. let us wait for that time.

    Regards,
    Abhilash

  2. Tarun I was lucky 😛 no one stopped me!

    Chitra but I guess there is some change already and there would be more!

    Thanks Fida for not asking 😀

    Thanks Appu, I receive your applause with a bow!

    Thanks Abhilash for your views, I agree your comment is bigger than some of my posts 😀 I amslowly getting in the mood for marginally bigger posts!

    Thanks Kunal.

    Niranjan thank you.

    Anshul I am saying once again, you have a way with words, if not a blog then probably twitter? Are you on twitter?

  3. Women’s coaches are a blessing in mumbai trains, for otherwise getting in and out of the general coaches during peak time would be a nightmare! and there is no chance of me being alone in the coach even at midnight, so that is one problem i will never face 🙂 as to the token, i am surprised it hasnt happened before 🙂 as to the sunset, absolutely awesome!!!

    1. Anu I have to admit I have never been inside a Mumbai local! And thanks for the kind words for the sunset, it indeed made me stop and gawk!

  4. luved the sunset shots. and even without ur story, i wud agree that women only coach is a must! but, lets hear the story anyways 🙂

  5. That’s a fantastic snapshot. Delhi Metro is amazing in terms of efficiency, safety and cleanliness. It is something every Indian state can and should implement. Regarding coach for women alone, its a sure blessing. I know my wife’s safer on the Delhi Metro than in a bus or an auto. Thank God for Delhi Metro!

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Mridula Dwivedi

I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!

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