An 18-year-old woman in her early twenties has been fined for taking her passengers to a railway station and sitting them on the train seat, even after they were told not to do so.
The girl, who was also travelling on the same train, had booked a ticket to return home but was refused by the conductor on the platform.
The train had been delayed due to a snowstorm and the woman had been unable to make it.
She took a picture of the ticket and posted it on her Facebook page, where it was shared by several other passengers.
The ticket had not even been valid when the train arrived at the station.
“I’m not a fan of seat-belting but I will allow it.
I have no issue with it.
Even if they say not to sit on it,” she said in the post.
The girl’s Facebook post went viral and soon the ticket had been removed from the platform, and she was fined Rs 1,000.
The railway said it would consider refunding the money and would be issuing a new ticket if required.
The train had a large number of passengers, with about 100-150 sitting on the seat of the train, according to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
“It is not a crime to sit or not sit on a seat.
I think it is a good idea to get some help from passengers to sit and the conductor,” he said.
However, the girl’s mother, who is a driver, said the girl should have been given a ticket instead of sitting in the train.
“She should not have been allowed to sit there,” she told NDTV.
“Why should she pay a ticket for the ticket she doesn’t need to pay for?”
She said she would appeal against the decision to the Railway Board and the minister for compensation to the police.