A recent TikTok post shared by @itsrafaaa shed light on an issue that often goes unnoticed but is crucial to address - the significance of the women's coach on the MRT and why we should show it the utmost respect.
Photo via TikTok (@itsrafaaa)
The video captures an incident where a man disregards the call to vacate the women's coach, even after being politely asked by Rafa, a Tanzanian woman. The woman had approached the man several times, demonstrating remarkable patience and courtesy in her requests. Initially, when Rafa wasn't recording, the man was not engaged in a phone conversation.
However, the situation takes an unfortunate turn when the man responds with disrespect, saying, "Shut up!" when Rafa reiterates her request for him to leave the women's coach.
The clip illustrates the man's blatant disregard for Rafa's pleas, even in the presence of the recording. Rafa herself mentions that she couldn't capture what happened before she started recording, implying that the incident might have been more distressing than what's seen in the video.
Rafa's experience is not unique. She mentions that most people typically comply and leave the women's coach when asked politely. However, this particular incident stood out as it marked the first time she had encountered such offensive behavior from a male passenger.
The incident highlighted in this video is a stark reminder of why the women's coach exists. It serves as a designated space to ensure the safety, comfort, and privacy of female passengers during their commute. It's not merely a matter of convenience but a matter of respect, courtesy, and ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for all riders.
Relying on the intervention of auxiliary police or the hope for incidents to go viral shouldn't be the norm. Instead, it is the collective responsibility of all MRT users to uphold the sanctity of the women's coach and take it upon themselves to prevent such invasions.
To address this issue effectively, it's crucial for everyone to be aware of and respect the purpose of the women's coach. It should be seen as a shared responsibility to create a safe and comfortable commuting experience for all passengers, and any form of intrusion should be promptly addressed and rectified.
By acknowledging and respecting the importance of the women's coach, we can ensure a more inclusive and respectful public transportation system for everyone.