Implement disabled friendly measures in Mumbai Central Station

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I was groped, manhandled, and molested by the porters of Mumbai Central Station because they took advantage of my disability.

I am wheelchair bound and the porters were supposed to help me me board the train. Instead they molested me and left me in tears.

For people with disabilities, accessing basic services such as trains, toilets is difficult. This means we can’t travel, it impacts our ability to hold jobs, it stops us from living full lives.

But I refuse to just sit at home, I decided to do something to change this.

I started a petition demanding accessible railways earlier this year. Because of the petition, significant changes have been made, in Kerala. A railway official and I have implemented portable ramps and aisle sized wheelchairs in the expressway trains in Trivandrum, Chennai, Kochi, and Thirchur, which has been a hit and has helped many disabled passengers.

But no such action has been taken in Mumbai, my hometown. To make this a reality in Mumbai, I’ve met with many politicians and they haven’t been interested in my idea. What I’m asking for is low to zero cost. Why isn’t my idea interesting when it’s helped many disabled passengers to board the train without segregation?

All I’m asking for is a portable ramp, small aisle sized wheelchairs, and a sensitivity workshop for the employees of Mumbai Central Station, which will make it easier in transporting a disabled passenger to and from the train.

Until trains are renovated to make them disabled friendly, why can’t they implement a simpler system like Kerala? These ramps, wheelchairs, and this workshop is practically cost free.

As a disabled woman, why do I have to fear traveling in a train? Why do I have to spend 5-times more money to buy a plane ticket? Why do I have to fear that the porters will again touch me in inappropriate places?

According to this* report done in 2002, 15% of the population in urban areas of Maharashtra were affected with a locomotor disability leading to paralysis. That report was done in 2002, that number must have tripled by now, so why aren’t there any facilities that provide accessibility for that 15% in the railways?

Please sign my petition if you believe that Bombay Central Station should be made accessible and inclusive for all.

*https://mahades.maharashtra.gov.in/files/report/nss_58_26_vol_1_&_2.pdf



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