The Railway should ensure that no woman is harassed or threatened while commuting in trains, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) all-India vice-president J. Mercykutty has said.

She was inauguration a dharna organised by the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) at the Kollam railway station on Th ursday. Ms. Mercykutty said the authorities had been running away from responsibilities by giving lame excuses. The Railways is duty bound to ensure the safety of passengers. The security of rail passengers in the State was far from satisfactory, she said.

Working women who commute by trains are often subjected to harassment. They are but forced to use the mode of travel as there is no other option. But the authorities had been scaling down the presence of Railway Protection Force personnel in the State, she said. AIDWA leaders Soosan Kodi and M.K. Nirmala addressed the protestors.