Nothing characterises the bustling nature of Mumbai better than railway stations. Known as the lifeline of the city, the average Mumbaikar spends great part of the day in trains. But despite the critical importance of the railways, sadly the safety of individuals has not been the priority of train travellers in general. The worst offenders are the jaywalkers. So, in a bid to teach some valuable lesson to Mumbaikars on safety rules, a man dressed as ‘Yamraj’ was seen stopping the jaywalkers from crossing the railway tracks at Andheri railway station on Thursday. Ironically, Yamraj, according to the Hindu mythology, is the ‘God of Death’.
#Photos | In a unique awareness campaign, a man dressed as 'death god' Yamraj stops people from crossing the railway tracks perilously at Mumbai's Andheri station. Over 2,700 people lost their lives on Mumbai's lifeline in 2018. pic.twitter.com/X2qz1Dpn1t— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) November 7, 2019
In these exclusive photos, one can see the man dressed in all-black ensemble carrying people in his arms. Though, it is still not known whether the man was hired by the Railway Protection Force or not, the unique way of giving social message won plaudits from the onlookers.
While such scenes from Mumbai station may be a first, there have been several instances of volunteers dressing up as ‘Yamraj’ to drive home the point about either road safety or safe driving. The suburban railway network, which ferries 80 lakh commuters every day, reports 8 to 9 passenger deaths daily in various mishaps.
Mishaps on rail tracks take place primarily due to trespassing, boarding or alighting from running trains and falling off overcrowded trains, among others. According to the latest railway statistics, jaywalking caused 53% of the fatalities as 1,476 people died while crossing the tracks.