The Railways have sought to improve passenger security

With women’s security in focus and crime being reported from railway stations and on trains, the Railways have asked the State governments to provide more police personnel for passenger protection.

The Railways have sought from them additional GRP personnel, including women, to man the stations and deal with attacks, particularly in the light of incidents of a woman jumping out of a running train to avoid molestation in Bihar and of another getting down at a wrong station by mistake and getting raped and killed.

On their part, the Railways will set up control rooms and special helplines for women in distress. Women constables will be at the helm of these facilities.

New rules

The Railways have directed the RPF to escort trains with greater sensitivity. The mobile numbers of some of those escorting the trains will be displayed for the convenience of passengers.

Special teams of women personnel will be deployed at stations. Special training will be imparted and drills conducted for proper, timely response.

The RPF and the GRP are required to conduct special raids and prevent men from travelling in men’s compartments. Several men have already been arrested and fined.

The Railways are also contemplating setting up a special unit of women RPF.

Rat in biryani

Meanwhile, the Railways have been rattled by the report of a passenger finding a dead rat in vegetable biryani served to him aboard the Sarvodaya Express. Minister of State for Railways Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy has called for a report from the officials concerned and about the private caterer. He said he would take action against those found guilty.

  • Railways will set up control rooms, helplines

  • A special unit of women RPF contemplated

  • States asked to provide more police to man stations and curb attacks