Rickshaw puller cheats blind girl
A visually impaired student who went to Delhi University for her admission was taken for a ride by a rickshawpuller who charged her Rs 200 for a distance which could have cost Rs 15 only.
The incident took place earlier this week. “The distance from the Vishwavidalaya Metro station in North campus to the conference centre, physically handicap (PH) category admission venue, is one and half kilometres,” said an official.
However, being unaware about the pick and drop service for PH students available at metro station the student took the rickshaw, added the official.
According to girl, the rickshawpuller at least half an hour to drop her to the destination. “I later came to know that the distance was hardly five to seven minutes. I don't know where all the rickshawpuller took me,” she said.
This has happened for the first time, but I’ll careful now, she added.
The girl, who was from Begumpuri, Rohini area, came to apply for BA (Prog) and refused to comment on anything else.
Students' union like Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students' Union of India (NSUI) have been demanding the DU authorities to regulate the rickshaw fares as instances of rickshawpuller fleecing newcomers have come to their notice.
The officials got to know about this incident when a professor asked her whether she took the university van from the Metro station.
“The professor gave Rs 100 to her as she did not have money to go back home. I sent her back because her documents were not complete and she did not come back after that day,” said the official.
A senior official overlooking the physically handicapped category admissions called the incident ‘unfortunate’.
“We are getting complaints about rickshawpullers being a nuisance outside the Metro station,” said the official.
Despite our vans stationed there, they park rickshaws in such a way that it hides the vans.
We are looking into the matter, added the official.