Thursday 7 May 2015

Lady at the Metro Station...

Being a metro commuter daily and not able to find a place even to stand peacefully in morning hours often upsets my mood. Recently it so happened that I decided to change my route and instead of boarding  a blue line metro train from Mayur Vihar Extension metro station I decided to start boarding it from Noida Sector - 15 metro station.

So I started commuting as planned.  For the first two days I didn't notice this lady on the footsteps of the metro station as one is often in a rush to reach the destination in time. But a day later being a daily visitor in morning and evening I notice this beggar lady who had placed herself on the footsteps of metro station along with her month and half old child.

 As she was a beggar and was looking forward for more and more money to be earned by attracting the attention of commuters by intentionally placing her kid in such a way that all commuters had to halt for a second or two to avoid stepping over the child.

The beggar was least bothered about the safety of the child, to her money was everything, and to earn it the child was always placed in the pathway of the commuters. People were coming and going and simply no one was bothered about her being there. I only concern was the safety of the child as there was every chance that a commuter while looking at his phone would accidently step on the child.

I observed the lady for two days, but on the third day I could not contain myself and warned her that I would have her arrested if she continued to jeopardise the safety of the child.

Next morning when I went for my usual journey to my relief she wasn't there, I thought probably my verbal warning worked and she had left the place.

Due to some professional reason next two days I wasn't able to follow the same route, so I was not aware whether that lady was still there or not.

However, after the gap of three days when I went back on the same route, sadly that lady was back at the same place in the same identical condition. I was disappointed though deep down within I could understand that it is not her fault but the extreme poverty and hunger that was driving her to risk the life of her child.

One keeps reading about various NGOs in and around Delhi. As per the foreign donation figures are concerned there should not have been any beggar around. But seeing seven beggars in one metro station every day only talks volumes about the actual community service being done by the organisations.

It is apparent that community service is being done rigorously but unfortunately it remains only on their office records as the same are required to be produced for scrutiny every year to get the grants.
I sincerely hope that one day the number of honest NGOs would increase and the dishonest lot is forced to shut shop by ever vigilant public.

I wonder why their consciousness does not prick them when they siphon off the funds donated to feed and improve the lot of downtrodden.

However we cannot blame only the agencies involved. The police also turn a blind eye when their palm is greased. This apathy of the police force has given rise to a mammoth number of beggars who have adopted this as a profession as it requires least amount of hard work. It is about time that the police force also wakes up and ensures a beggar free city.

As in above mentioned case the Delhi Metro Rail Authorities or the police constable posted on the Noida Sector-15 metro station should have taken some action to stop this. 

But, ironically no one bothers and such practice continues which portrays a bad picture of our society.