Sumitra Mahajan questions Plan to Provide Massage Services on Trains

Former Lok Sabha speaker and senior BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan has raised questions on the Indian railways’ recent decision to start massage service on trains. Mahajan has reportedly written to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, saying it’s against the Indian culture to offer such services in front of passengers.


Earlier, Shankar Lalwani, the newly elected BJP MP from Indore had also slammed the move, calling it ‘standardless’. Expressing his reservation, Lalwani, in a letter to Goyal said that it would not be appropriate to provide massage to passengers, especially in the presence of fellow women travellers.


“I am surprised that considering the norms of the Indian culture, will it be appropriate to provide massage services on running trains, especially in the presence of women? In my opinion, providing this kind of standardless service, instead of making available essential medical facilities and doctors to passengers during the rail travel does not serve any purpose,” Lalwani said in the letter.


As per the plan, the massage facility will be made available in 39 trains departing from Indore, including Dehradun-Indore Express (14317), New Delhi-Indore Intercity Express (12416) and Indore-Amritsar Express (19325).

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