A few days ago, I was going to my work place by train with my family. Most of the seats of the train were vacant. A peddler of around 12 years old sat on a vacant seat next to us. The peddler started to prepare to sell his toys without disturbing the passenger sitting beside him.
Suddenly, the peddler started to shout. We did not understand the matter instantly. We asked him what had happened and the peddler replied that a passenger had slapped him without any reason. The passenger asked the peddler to leave the seat. The peddler started to cry and was continuously begging of him the reason thereof. The passengers around the scene gathered. At one stage of altercation, the passenger threw the toys on the floor of the train which made the situation worse. The peddler threatened the passenger saying that he would take his revenge at the next station. The peddler informed his brother of the matter who is a transgender. His brother also managed some people to take revenge. The other passengers around the guilty one also insulted him for his misbehaviour.
Realizing the gravity of the situation, the passenger went to the peddler and his brother and sought an apology. This type of cruelty should be stopped. We should rather appreciate and help the peddlers, if possible, who are trying to earn something as their livelihood in a legal way.
Md. Akther Hossain