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Man Refuses To Offer Women His Seat On Trains Because 'They Never Do The Same'

Man Refuses To Offer Women His Seat On Trains Because 'They Never Do The Same'

You're probably one of them people who would quickly jump up to offer an elderly person or someone with a physical disability your seat on public transport. But gents, would you give up your seat for a woman?

One person who doesn't think men should give up their seat for someone of the opposite sex is 45-year-old Nirpal Dhaliwal, who says that a woman has never given up her seat for him.

Taking his point even further when he appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain, Nirpal also made a point of the fares being the same for men and women.

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He said: "Firstly, if a woman is able-bodied, why should I? Guys pay for the train ticket as much as women do, they have a long day at work, they're knackered and if she's physically able why should I give up my seat for her?

"If she's pregnant, she's got a health problem or physical problem - yeah."

Nirpal debated the issue with broadcaster and comedian Noreen Khan. Credit: ITV/GMB
Nirpal debated the issue with broadcaster and comedian Noreen Khan. Credit: ITV/GMB

The debate came about after American feminist writer Caroline Rothstein told people on Twitter how she refused to let a man help her with her luggage on a plane.

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Nirpal went on to say: "There was a Twitter storm yesterday where a woman tweeted about some guy trying to help her with her luggage, getting it out of the compartment in the plane.

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"She regarded him as an oppressor. Guys are getting their head bitten off, or certainly getting an earful just for helping. That's confusing for guys."

He went on to claim that a woman has never given up her seat for him, adding: "It's a one way street though. A woman's never given up her seat for me, that's even when I've had a football injury and I've been limping down the carriage.

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"I've never had a woman open a door for me, pull out a chair for me - nothing."

Noreen Khan says she wouldn't get offended if a man wanted to give her help. Credit: ITV/GMB
Noreen Khan says she wouldn't get offended if a man wanted to give her help. Credit: ITV/GMB

In response, feminist Noreen Khan said: "I would never be offended if a man was chivalrous. For example if he decides to hold the door open or says 'would you like help with your luggage?' I would say 'yes please'.

"Even if I haven't asked for it I still wouldn't be offended. Us women, we would do the same as well for men. If he wants to hold the door open, I'll happily hold the door open too."

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In response to Nirpal's comments, Noreen said: "Whenever I go on a tube or train, I never expect a guy to give up a chair for me - why should he? Unless a woman's pregnant I think or like you said with health issues, I would never expect that.

"It's those small gestures like if you go on a date and the guy holds..." Nirpal interjected. "Why can't we have small gestures too?"

Featured Image Credit: ITV / Good Morning Britain

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