Every time we talk about feminism and equality we find highly enlightened people who talk about reserved seats on local transport and try to take the debate on a totally stupid route. Seats are reserved on public transport for women and senior citizens so that they don’t encounter unnecessary harassment and problems while commuting. However, there are always some miscreants who go out of their way to harass the senior citizens and women on local transport. Something similar happened in China when an elderly woman found a young man sitting on the seat reserved for women passengers in the train. The elderly woman asked the man to vacate the seat but when the man refused to get up she taught him a lesson which he would not forget in a hurry. The incident happened in Nanjing, China. The woman took matters into her own hands and sat on the man’s lap the entire length of the journey.
The woman had a big showdown with the young man who refused to vacate the reserved seat. The woman took the extreme step of sitting in the man’s lap. The quarrel took place on a train and was recorded on a camera which immediately went viral on the Chinese social media site Weibo. The video was shot on September 5, 2017, and in the video, the woman is clearly seen indicating towards the signage of reserved seats to the man. The other commuters seem unfazed by the altercation and did not intervene; the video was recorded and shared online.
The video has created an immense buzz online and people were highly amused by the video. The fact of the matter remains that when people would start behaving empathetically and with compassion. The way the world is advancing it feels that we are going back to the stone age when men still lived in caves and there was no semblance of a civilized society.