Vishal Khanapure, a trainee engineer hailing from Hyderabad was traveling in Bengaluru-Ballari-Hospet passenger train on Monday along with his female friend, who’s a student of architecture from Ballari. At around 11 pm when the train was at Yasvantpur station, the lady got her periods and was sick of accompanying cramps.
She had no pad or medicine with her. The train was supposed to reach Ballari the next morning at 9:40 am. Hence, unable to find any other way, Vishal tweeted to the Indian railways seeking help and the response from Railways that followed would leave you awestruck. Here’s the tweet.
“At 11.06pm, an officer reached my friend and confirmed her requirements and took down her PNR details and mobile number. At 2 am, when the train reached Arasikere station, officials of the Mysuru division were ready with all the items she had sought. We are all surprised by the quick response”, Vishal is all praises for Indian railways while talking to TOI.
140 km from where the lady had boarded the train, she was provided all she needed to deal with her periods and make her journey indeed a happy one.
We remember government’s promise to install sanitary napkin dispensing machines and incinerators at all stations that was made last women’s day. Though it’s still far from reality, we’re glad that a man understood his friend’s difficulty and took it to Twitter to speak about it.
Also, Indian Railways didn’t treat it as a taboo but extended genuine and prompt help. These baby steps are ideally great towards creation of a taboo-free society.