A Metro bus conductor in Chennai was suspended for behaving inappropriately and in an unruly manner towards a woman. A video of an altercation between him and a woman that occurred on January 19 went viral on social media.
The Tamil Nadu government pink bus in which the conductor had an altercation with a woman.
By Pramod Madhav: A Chennai Metro bus conductor who allegedly behaved in an unruly manner towards female passengers has been suspended after a video of one of his altercations went viral. On January 19, women passengers travelling on the government bus between Chennai Central and Ennore complained that the bus conductor refused to give them tickets.
Sangeetha, who was travelling on the bus along with a few more female passengers, alleged that the bus conductor spoke in an unruly manner, claiming that he would not give tickets to women who travel for free. In Tamil Nadu, women are allowed to travel for free on government buses, a scheme introduced by CM Stalin to assist women’s empowerment.
Such buses would be painted pink and women who wish to travel would be given a different ticket by conductors without taking any money. But Sivasudan had allegedly spoken in an unruly manner to women who alleged he sought the ticket.
Upset over the conductor Sivasudan’s behaviour, Sangeetha filed a complaint with New Washermanpet Police but later took the complaint back after Sivasudan apologised to her.
However, a video of the altercation went viral, leading to the suspension of Sivasudan by transport authorities pending an enquiry, which also instructed transport officials to be courteous to passengers.
A further probe is underway.