Women Are Angry At Chetan Bhagat For Ridiculous Tweets On Delhi's Odd-Even Rule

10/12/2015 4:09 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JUNE 2: Author Chetan Bhagat during a conclave Sampark, Samanvya avam Samvad (Connect, Coordinate and Communicate) being organized for the officers of Ministries of Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, at Convention Hall, NDMC, Parliament Street, on June 2, 2014 in New Delhi, India. (Photo By Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Author Chetan Bhagat, Twitter's favourite punching bag for his outspoken comments on a wide range of subjects, has done it again.

A week after getting criticized for saying that the odd-even rule for cars that the Delhi government has decided to implement from next year to fight pollution on war footing will halt productivity, the 'Two States' author today had a problem with the government's exemption to women passengers.

READ: Odd-Even Formula May Exempt Lone Women Drivers, Passengers And Patients

This morning, Bhagat tweeted this:

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that women drivers as well as vehicles carrying only women passengers or a patient are to be exempt from the odd-even rule that is to be implemented from January 1, 2016.

To tackle Delhi's acute pollution problem, Delhi government last week had decided that all private cars, barring taxis and auto-rickshaws, with registration numbers ending with an odd figure (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) will be allowed on the roads only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays were marked for vehicles with even number plates (2, 4, 6, 8 or 0).

Bhagat clearly does not approve. According to his tweet, men may get 'attacked, robbed or killed' if they use public transport on days when they can't take their cars out.

The author also thinks that men will soon find a solution to break the rule:

Many criticized Bhagat for his statement:

Now, while many are pointing out why Bhagat's statement doesn't make much sense, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is quietly retweeting the handles Bhagat calls "trolls".

Of course, the writer isn't too happy about that either.

However, just as Kejriwal RTed the opinions of Twitter users slamming the author for failing to understand the plight of millions of women vulnerable to abuse, Bhagat himself retweeted tweets in support of him.

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