Lucknow,5 July-2014, Piyush Srivastava/IndiaToday: India is trying to enter the age of bullet trains and Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda has repeatedly stated that passenger safety tops his list of priorities. However, women railway passengers remain as vulnerable as ever.
In a shocking incident on Thursday, a 25-year-old woman died after she was allegedly thrown out of a moving train in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district.
Pratibha Parwat was thrown out of the sleeper coach of the Shram Shakti Express (12452) allegedly by three youths. The incident happened when the train reached Etawah junction near Jalim Adda locality around 4.45 am on Thursday. The train was running at a speed of 70 km per hour at the time of the incident, according to railway sources.
The driver of a goods train which was behind the express train noticed her body lying on the tracks and informed railway officials about the matter. A few platform hawkers who sell water pouches and paan masala at the Etawah junction had noticed the woman fighting with the three youths at the door of a sleeper coach. All the boys fled the spot in fear after they saw the woman being pushed off the train by the youths.
Later, Vikas Kushwaha, one of the hawkers, told the media that he and four of his friends had seen the entire incident. Vikas was surprisingly reported missing later by his father Shyam Singh Kushwaha, who told newspersons that his son had been untraceable ever since he came on record as an eyewitness.
Though it would be premature to say that the trio had tried to molest Pratibha, some residents in the area said there were no clothes on her body when Civil Lines Police reached the spot.
The police said Parwat is a resident of Assam’s Sonitpur and worked at a private company in New Delhi. She was travelling to Kanpur for some work when the incident happened. Etawah Senior Superintendent of Police Dinesh Kumar said, “We have identified the woman. The investigation is underway.”
National-level volleyball player Arunima Sinha was forced to get her left leg amputated after a group of chainsnatchers pushed her off a speeding train.