Railways to take measures to curb crime against women

ALLAHABAD: Expressing concern over the spate of incidents involving crime against women, Chairman of Railway Board has written to all general managers of zonal railways including North Central Railway to take measures to control them.

The letter emphasizes deployment of adequate ticket checking staff and security personnel especially women personnel in trains and at stations to ensure prompt and immediate action in case of any untoward incident.

The rising incident of crime against women has jolted the government and therefore it is taking corrective measures to control them. The Chairman of Railway Board has laid emphasis on prevention of crime against women and also sensitization through awareness among the railway employees. It also lays impetus on availability of adequate lighting to eliminate dark spaces on platforms.

The letter instructs the general manager of the zonal railways that there should be training module/programmes to create a positive and pro-active attitude among railway employees towards crime against women.

The letter also asks for making a provision of a toll free helpline in security control rooms with a 24 hour access.

There should be formation of Quick Response Teams who can monitor such incidents and facilitate provision of immediate assistance in the event of occurrence of such incidents in trains or in railway premises.

Cabinet Secretary convened a meeting recently of the Committees of Secretaries to consider various suggestions on action to be taken to curb crime against women. While reiterating various legislative and administrative measures taken by Government of India for ensuring proper security of women, he emphasized that Railway being the most popular mode of transport for all categories of people of the country, adequate measures are required to prevent crime against women passengers.

The letter also states that the primary responsibility of the prevention, detection, registration, investigation and prosecution of crimes, including creation of a secure environment for women, lies with the State government, the Railways cannot absolve itself of its responsibility of ensuring safe, secure and hassle free journey to its passengers, especially the lady passengers. Therefore, it should take effective steps to prevent crime against women.

Talking to TOI, chief public relations officer of North Central Railway Sandeep Mathur said, “Our zone is taking several steps to prevent crime against women. In this connection, awareness campaign for the railway employees especially front line staff like ticket checking staff, RPF and onboard employees are being carried out. In addition to this, awareness campaign are also underway among public.