Busy city doesn’t have a lot of time to observe things going around the city but never fails to respond and react on the humanitarian grounds.
HDFC’s branch in Fort, Mumbai got spikes installed outside their branch to avoid homeless people sleeping there. The iron-spikes are long, sharp and many.
Upon noticing, people took it to twitter by raising the question what if someone trips and falls down? A child, elderly or a physically challenged? It will be a serious accident as the spikes are quite sharp.
Others raised the issues of humanity that how they lack empathy for homeless and asked the authorities to take it down on urgent basis as on busy and highly crowded streets of mumbai, it is not safe to say that actions like these won’t harm or raise any hazardous consequences.
As others have pointed out, these anti-homeless spikes from @HDFC_Bank Fort branch are not only a depressing gesture towards Mumbai's many rough sleepers, but could also impale any pedestrian unlucky enough to trip and fall in this crowded passageway https://t.co/Eb897CK4fY
— Simon Mundy (@simonmundy) March 26, 2018
Similar step was taken after spikes were installed in London, though they were comparatively blunt and short.
Absolutely shocking. For those pointing to London spikes, there were far less dangerous, and protested vigorously there too. https://t.co/jy4ueuZdn2
— Sanjiv Kapoor (@TheSanjivKapoor) March 26, 2018
— Neeraj Jha (@NeerajHDFCBank) March 26, 2018
After the twitter outrage, Neeraj Jha, head of Corporate Communications, felt sorry for the inconvenience and declared that they are removing the spikes on priority basis.