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Disabled woman fights back

Police arrested the conductor and driver of a minibus on Tuesday for allegedly harassing a 47-year-old woman with prosthetic legs.

The complainant, who happens to be a women’s rights activist, alleged that the conductor pushed and taunted her when she showed him a government-issued pass that allows free travel to the disabled on state buses.

He did not allow the woman and her 10-year-old daughter to alight near Netaji Indoor Stadium and instead took her to the Howrah depot, the police said.

Not to be cowed down by the bullying, she called the police helpline and reported her case. Soon officers from Lalbazar contacted her and the bus was intercepted on Brabourne Road.

Though the card allows free travel only on state buses, she said no private bus had ever charged her and conductors were always helpful. “I could have paid the fare. But the way I was insulted, called a thief, pushed and my wrist twisted, I felt I should stay on and report it to the police so that someone else like me does not face similar humiliation,” said the resident of Park Circus.

The NGO she works for had put up a handicraft stall at a fair in the stadium.