A pregnant woman has spoken of her shock after she was asked to prove she is expecting a baby in a row over a seat on the Tube.
Mother-of-one Raayan Zafar was wearing a ‘Baby on Board’ badge when the argument happened on a Victoria line Tube in Stockwell, south London, on October 28.
The 32-year-old told the Evening Standard she had asked a man to give up his priority seat so she could sit down when another woman tried to take it.
Another man, believed to be in his 40s, then confronted her, asking: “Why are you taking the seat?”
She told the newspaper: “I got the Victoria line from Stockwell and requested the priority seat
“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.”
She added: “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?”
Ms Zafar, who is not yet showing but on medication for her morning sickness, said she was “embarrassed” by the situation.
The ‘Baby on Board’ badge scheme was launched by Transport for London (TfL) in 2005 to give pregnant women more visibility when travelling on the Tube.
“If you’re a mum-to-be, we understand asking for a seat on the Tube can sometimes be difficult. But if you have a ‘Baby on Board’ badge, passengers are more likely to see that you may need a seat,” the TfL website explains.
“The badges aim to combat any awkwardness that may be felt when asking someone to give up their seat. It also lets passengers in priority seats know when they should give them up.”