Bowing to protests by women passengers demanding that ‘Matribhoomi’ ladies special trains should only be for women, Eastern Railway today withdrew its decision to allow male passengers in these trains.
“We have decided to continue with the earlier arrangement of running the Matribhoomi ladies special EMU trains exclusively for women passengers,” Eastern Railway general manager R K Gupta told newspersons here.
Four pairs of Matribhoomi ladies special trains in Sealdah North section and one pair in Howrah division would carry only women passengers, he said.
Eastern Railway had earlier announced that male passengers would be allowed to travel in a few coaches in these trains and accordingly the new arrangement was introduced.
It had put on hold its decision to allow male passengers in a few compartments of Sealdah-Ranaghat-Sealdah Matribhoomi Ladies’ special EMU local train after Monday’s day-long face-off between passengers of both sexes.
Male and female passengers had launched separate sit-ins on the tracks at Khardah station on Sealdah-Krishnagar section.
Women passengers in Sealdah-Bongaon section obstructed train services for several hours on August 19 to press for the same demand.