No non-veg food on Indian trains?
Advocate EE Saiyed, a “pure vegetarian” man has filed a PIL in the Gujarat High Court, demanding the Indian Railways to either stop serving non-vegetarian food on trains or segregate passengers based on their dietary preferences.
What provoked him, you ask? While travelling on the Rajdhani Express earlier this month, Saiyad was “offended” when fellow passengers in his compartment were served meat as per their choice. According to him, vegetarians often feel “embarrassed” travelling by train when non-veg eaters are provided chicken and mutton. His plea, therefore, demands that the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation website should segregate passengers based on their food choices at the time of online ticket booking.
In his petition, Saiyad contended that his demands support a public cause. “It is the government’s obligation to protect the right to food of every citizen by giving due effect to the fundamental rights under Article 21 [Protection of Life and Personal Liberty] and 25 [Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion],” he argues. His PIL is likely to be heard by the court next week.
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