The Kerala State Women's Commission is waiting to hear from the Indian Railways on measures to make the travel of women on rails a safe affair.

Though two months have elapsed since the commission wrote to the Railways directing it to take steps to ensure the safety of women on trains, the organisation is yet to respond to the panel's suggestions.

It was following the death of a woman passenger, who was reportedly pushed out from a moving train and raped near Shoranur that the panel wrote to the Railways. The woman later succumbed to her injuries at a hospital. The accused in the case was nabbed by the police.

The commission is yet to hear from the Railways, said D. Sreedevi, Chairperson of the commission.

The panel had made it clear in its communication to the Railways that legal action would be initiated if the agency failed to act within three months.

The panel will wait till the deadline and if nothing is heard by May, the commission will approach the court against the Railways, Ms. Sreedevi said.

The panel has also not received any communication from the public sector company regarding the suggestions it had made in February including the introduction of a colour code for ladies' coaches.

Panel suggestions

It was suggested that there should be three interconnected compartments reserved for women in trains and these compartments should be given separate colours.

The strength of the Railway Protection Force personnel should be enhanced in accordance with the increase in the number of trains and one armed policeman should be posted in the compartment adjacent to the ones reserved for women during night, it was suggested.

The commission also suggested that the doors of the coaches should be in working condition so that they could be closed from inside.

K.S. Sudhi