A pregnant woman wearing a ‘Baby on Board’ badge as she travelled on a Tube train was angrily told to prove her pregnancy after requesting a priority seat.
Raayan Zafar, a mother-of-one, was on a London Underground train travelling on the Victoria line at Stockwell when one commuter gave up a seat for her.
However, as Raayan went to move into the seat, another passenger left her “speechless and embarrassed” by asking her: “Where is the baby”?
“I got the Victoria line from Stockwell and requested the priority seat,” Raayan told the Evening Standard.
“The man sitting there was a gentleman and gave me his seat, but then a lady who was already standing in front of him tried to take the seat, so I made her notice me by saying ‘excuse me’.
“That lady realised I was going for the seat, but the person sitting beside it started arguing with me, saying the lady wanted to sit there and asking: ‘Why are you taking the seat?’
“I showed him my ‘Baby on Board’ badge and he then rudely asked me: ‘Where is the baby?’
“I was shocked – is that the way to speak to a pregnant lady? Do I have to carry my maternity notes with me all the time?”
She added: “It’s early days so that’s why I don’t show.
“But that doesn’t mean I’m not pregnant or tired or sick all the time.”
Raayan said the man’s attitude was a typical one during rush hour in the capital.
She said: “I see a lot of pregnant ladies on the Tube in rush hour and I don’t see that people are more considerate towards them.
“People see the badges and just ignore them.
“I think we need to educate people more about this.
“People know about disabled people and they are more considerate because they can see it, whereas with a pregnancy they can’t see it at a certain time so they think everything is fine.
“As a nation we are losing our etiquette.”