Indian Railway Slammed For Posting Pics Of Lady Coolies & Calling It ‘Women Empowerment’

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You will find several ‘coolies’ or rail porters every time you visit the railway station. They insist on carrying your luggage, no matter how heavy it is, for a small amount of money. The problem with ferrying around heavy luggage is that it takes a toll on one’s body. Which is why it is necessary for authorities to find other alternatives, likes trolleys, to rid the porters of such inconvenience.

I say this because recently the Ministry of Railways took to their official Twitter account to post pictures of female “coolies” for which they faced tremendous backlash, reports Hindustan Times.

“These lady coolies have proved that they are second to none,” the caption read.

The fact that they equated a harmful act of labour with empowerment, several people on the internet including Shashi Tharoor heavily criticized the Ministry of Railway for exploiting poor women.

Some even pointed out that the Ministry is contradicting itself for calling female porters “coolies”. Back in 2016, the Railway Ministry had announced that porters will no longer be called “coolies” because it is a derogatory term.

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Do you think authorities should arrange for other types of equipment so that instead of porters, passengers can carry their luggage as we do in airports? Tell us!

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