New Delhi: A 17-second video has gone viral capturing a policeman slowly walking with a water bottle and pouring it on sleeping travelers. Startled by the water, passengers, including a young man and an elderly individual, abruptly wake up from their slumber.
RIP Humanity ??
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— ?? Rupen Chowdhury ? (@rupen_chowdhury) June 30, 2023
The incident drew widespread criticism on social media, with Twitter users denouncing it as inhumane. Indu Dubey, the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Pune, issued a statement in response to the incident, acknowledging the inconvenience caused by sleeping on the platform but emphasizing that the handling of the situation was not suitable. The concerned staff has been advised to treat passengers with dignity, politeness, and decency, according to Dubey.
In response to a viral video showing security personnel pouring water on sleeping passengers at Pune station, the railway expressed regret over the incident and acknowledged that the approach taken by the security personnel was inappropriate.
The video has garnered over 3.2 million views and nearly 4,000 retweets at the time of this report.
While some individuals expressed distress over the actions of the railway policeman, others supported him, viewing the act as a reminder of the rule against sleeping on the platform. Twitter users highlighted the lack of infrastructure facilities at platforms for waiting passengers and also pointed out the issue of trains running late in the comments section.
The viral video has sparked a broader conversation about passenger facilities and the need for civic awareness. As the video continues to circulate and elicit public reactions, the railway authorities are expected to review their approach to dealing with such situations.