Two weeks back, my teenage daughter and her friend went by the flying train from Indira Nagar to Chepauk to book tickets for the IPL match. Since they went in the afternoon and it was lonely, they got into the general compartment instead of ladies. After some time a beggar got into the train and started begging. Some passengers gave him change. The girls didn’t have any change. They kept quiet. He waited for some time and started shouting at the girls using abusive and foul language. They became so scared. There were many passengers but no one came to their rescue. He got down in the next station to their relief. But it didn’t end there. At each station he came near the window where the girls were sitting and shouted at them. It reminded me of the volley ball player Arunima Sinha who was attacked recently by three men. We always make a hue and cry when such incidents take place and conveniently forget once some other issue crops up. What would have happened if he had attacked the girls? Even then I am sure, the passengers would have remained silent spectators. Some months back, the Corporation promised to curtail the beggar menace. But recently it has grown to alarming proportions. Who is the authority to prevent beggar menace in trains? When will our women and girls be safe while traveling? Unless some stringent measures are taken to prevent beggar menace and ticket less traveling, the occurrence of such incidents cannot be prevented. But who cares? I had sent the above to a popular English daily but it was not published. Perhaps they have more important issues than this. Anyway, I thought I could share it with our IL friends and give them all a word of caution.