Mumbai: To reach out to distressed women commuters in suburban locals, the Government Railway Police (GRP) is planning to approach railway authorities for a technology overhaul that will include improvements such as emergency alarm switches inside coaches for women and handsets that connect to the police hotline.
Police Commissioner (Railways) Prabhat Kumar said, “A technology upgrade is required in Mumbai locals to improve security provided to women in trains. Having emergency alarm systems, helpline connections and alarms to identify the compartment that a distressed passenger is in will help police in reaching out to victims quickly.”
GRP is planning to send the proposal to Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation.
While an emergency button can be pushed to alert the nearby compartments or the motorman or guard, the hotline connection inside coaches will make it easier for women to report a crime as they will not have to depend on remembering any number. Alarms or flash lights will help the motorman or guard identify the affected coach.
To nab culprits behind attacks on women, the GRP has also proposed installation of CCTVs in women’s compartments. Proper illumination of skywalks, subways and foot overbridges (FOB) will also be proposed .
Kumar had earlier written to the Railway Board about a pending proposal for filling staff vacancies to improve manning of trains and station premises.