Bengaluru:

Two days ago, an officer at Bengaluru's Rajajinagar station stopped a farmer from boarding a metro train because his clothes were 'dirty'.

Now the National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of this matter.

The National Human Rights Commission said in a statement, "If the information received from media reports is true, then it is a violation of human rights. No person should be barred from using public transport because of the clothes he is wearing." "Can't be withheld. If someone has any objectionable material, it can be withheld only as per the provisions of the law."

NHRC has issued notices to the Chief Secretary of Karnataka and the Managing Director of Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) and sought a detailed report within four weeks.

The notice states that the report should also mention the steps taken or proposed to ensure that such incidents do not recur.

Referring to this incident, NHRC has written on its social media platform Believes that no one should be prevented from using public transport because of their clothing"

NHRC takes suo motu cognizance of the reported stopping of a farmer from boarding the metro train by an official due to his untidy attire.

The Commission observes no one can be denied access to public transport based on his attire.

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— NHRC India (@India_NHRC) February 28, 2024

On 26 February, a farmer reaches Rajajinagar metro station with a sack on his head.

But an officer posted there stopped him from going inside, even though the farmer had a metro train ticket.

The video of the incident is now viral on social media. In the video, many passengers can be seen protesting against the officer's decision.

Many people asked the officer whether there is any dress code for passengers in Metro Rail and whether it is only for VIPs.

"This man is not being allowed inside because his clothes are dirty. There is nothing in the bag, he is not being allowed to go only because of his clothes. He has been thoroughly searched. He is a farmer. He lives in a village. Officials say it will cause trouble to others. Is this a VIP transport service? It also has tickets."

Later the farmer was allowed inside the metro station and the officials expressed regret over the incident.

After the video went viral, Bengaluru Metro dismissed the officer.

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