news Friday, July 24, 2015 - 05:30
  Two days after a Chennai bus conductor allegedly hit her on the arm when she was commuting to work, support has trickled in for Deepika Balasubramanian after she posted a Facebook post describing the incident. The 23-year-old engineer alleged that the incident occurred on Wednesday morning when she was going to her office in Karappakam from her house near Hindustan University bus stop. According to Deepika, the bus conductor hit her right arm above the elbow after a heated quarrel over the conductor’s refusal to stop the bus near the TCS office. “(He hit me when) I was taking a video of him, to catch him saying that he would not stop the bus,” she said.  Though not officially mentioned as a bus stop on the 568 route, a number of buses stop on requests by the IT company's employees.  In the video uploaded on Facebook, Deepika can be heard arguing with the bus conductor over his refusal to stop at the specified stop. However, it does not capture him allegedly hitting her.  “I was so shocked. I didn’t expect him to hit me,” she told The News Minute.   நேற்று (ஜுலை 22) அலுவலகத்திற்கு மாநகர போக்குவரத்து கழக பேருந்தில் பயணம் செய்யும் போது, என் அலுவலகம் உள்ள TCS பேருந்து நி... Posted by Deepika Balasubramanian on Wednesday, 22 July 2015   என்னை அடித்த அதிர்ச்சியில் இருந்து, மிரட்டலையும் முறி மீண்டும் பதிவு செய்தவை Posted by Deepika Balasubramanian on Thursday, 23 July 2015 She says that after the incident she immediately called the police helpline 100, and two cops immediately turned up to question the said Madras Transport Corporation (MTC) conductor.  On Thursday, Deepika gave a written complaint against the conductor. Police have given her a CSR (Community Service Register) acknowledgment receipt, which is the procedure for a non-cognizable offence. Though buses don't necessarily need to stop at non-official bus stops, consideration is made on part of the bus driver/conductors. Earlier, the closest bus stop was Karapakkam, which is less than a kilometre distance away. Deepika claims that this is not just a one-off incident or even limited to one particular bus. She says that for over two weeks, one particular conductor on her bus route No. 568 refused to stop the bus at TCS stop (designated to facilitate TCS employees) and instead told commuters to get down at the earlier stop. “He would refuse to stop and ask us to get down at the earlier stop which routinely ended up in a quarrel,” she said. The Kelambakkam police have summoned the driver of the vehicle, the accused conductor as well as Deepika to the station on Friday evening. Though many have encouraged Deepika, she says that as word spread of her efforts to make a complaint, many friends and relatives called to dissuade her from pursuing the complaint. “If you don’t want to help me, at least don’t scare me. Go do something more fruitful,” she writes in another one of her roughly translated Facebook posts.  “I have got some support from friends and activists who have promised to accompany me to the police station on Friday,” she told The News Minute. Image courtesy: "MTC white line bus" by w:user:PlaneMad - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.
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