Lucknow: Five Muslim women, belonging to one family, stopped from travelling on the Lucknow Metro after they refused to remove their veils. The incident took place at Maiwaiya station on Tuesday when these five women, along with their male relative, were going to take a Metro train from Mavaiayya metro station to Alambagh metro station. In the station, the male guards stopped women and asked them to take off their burqa in front of them. The women refused to take off their veils in front of the men guards. The women had no objections about being frisked and checked by women security personnel. But there were no women security personnel at the station. When they refused to take off, male security guards refused to allow the group to board the Metro. The family later asked the officials for a refund and gave up their plans to travel.
The head of the family, Maaz Ahmad, has now sent a complaint to the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC). In the complaint letter sent to the Managing Director he wrote narrating the incident "As I walked towards the check-in spot, the male guards stopped the female passengers accompanying me and insisted my female relatives to take off their Burqa in front of them. All the female passengers accompanying me were ready to take off their Burqa in the female cabin meant for security checks but the male guards started misbehaving with us. After which I went to return all the six tickets that I had purchased. I want to know if the metal detectors installed at all the Metro stations are insufficient for security check? The incident took place on the evening of 27th May at 19:45 hours. Kindly take appropriate actions."
LMRC Public Relations Officer Pushpa Belani said the complaint had been received and the matter will be probed to verify the allegations.