As many as 2,184 women were killed in railway accidents in Mumbai in the past five years.
Mumbai: According to the Government Railway Police (GRP), most of these women were killed after falling from trains. About 18,084 persons were killed in railway accidents in the past five years (2008 to 2012) within the jurisdiction of the Mumbai Railway Police Commissionerate.
In 2012 alone, 420 women were killed as against 396 in 2011, said a GRP officer.
However, railway experts say lack of ladies compartments in the suburban railway network is the prime reason for the rising number of deaths of women passengers.
Subhash Gupta, a railway activist and secretary of Yatri Sangh, said, 98 per cent of the women killed in accidents are highly educated, most of them were in Research, Software, banking, education, scientific and industrial sectors and were contributing for the development in various fields. We have made a delegation of the Parliamentary Standing Committee (railways) visit Mumbai on November 12 to discuss the safety of women passengers with recognised railway passengers associations and its female members. They will also seek suggestions from railway activists about the safety of women passengers.
He said the railway authorities should increase compartments for women and run more ladies specials on both the lines – Central Railway and Western Railway – during the morning and evening peak hours.
He suggested that all ladies compartments should either be aligned either to motorman’s cabin or guard cabin, so that women passengers can board the compartments easily.