“Anti-homeless” spikes are a sad architectural design that have been popping up here and there in urban areas. The point of these spikes is to prevent homeless individuals from sleeping in these areas. The method was widely protested in London after spikes were installed outside of a grouping of luxury apartments in the city. Now, the HDFC Bank’s Fort branch in Mumbai, India is facing similar criticism for their much larger, sharper anti-homeless spikes.
— Simon Mundy (@simonmundy) March 25, 2018
People had a lot to say on the matter, mostly concerning the lack of compassion these spikes represent.
Not just it is insensitive and inhuman, it is also dangerous and a public safety hazard. Whoever did this, bank or landlord, should be punished. https://t.co/wqsXw5L26M
— Raju Das | ৰাজু দাস (@rajudasonline) March 26, 2018
Although another Twitter user argued that the bank is well within its rights to prevent strangers from sleeping outside of the establishment. Then they go on to say that if people are against letting homeless people sleep on the ground outside, they should let them into their personal homes, which definitely reveals some gaps in logic, but whatever.
Is this a public safety hazard? Definitely.
Can we blame a private bank for not wanting strangers to sleep in their premises at night? Definitely cannot.
If people are so righteous, they should open their own doors for the homeless. Why point fingers at others? https://t.co/dStt6zDlvH
— AJ (@babablahblah_) March 26, 2018
Twitter user Simon Mundy pointed out that the spikes were not only a cruel response to the homelessness crisis, but could also prove dangerous for an unlucky or clumsy pedestrian.
As others have pointed out, these anti-homeless spikes from @HDFC_Bank Fort branch are not only a depressing gesture towards Mumbai's many rough sleepers, but could also impale any pedestrian unlucky enough to trip and fall in this crowded passageway https://t.co/Eb897CK4fY
— Simon Mundy (@simonmundy) March 26, 2018
This actually caught the attention of someone who appears to work for HDFC Bank, although this remains unproven at the moment.
— Neeraj Jha (@NeerajHDFCBank) March 26, 2018
Hopefully, the spikes are being reconsidered.