The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has undertaken special drives to increase awareness about safety among women commuters on the Western and Central railways.
Members of Suraksha Vahini, the special women’s squad formed by RPF, board compartments reserved for women and announce messages regarding safety on microphones.
Rajendra Rupnawar, senior divisional security commissioner, WR (Mumbai division) said, “The squad tells women commuters how to protect themselves while travelling in local trains. Five members of the squad make the announcements is a few services every day.”
Commuters are informed about how to protect themselves from incidents like stone pelting, chain and mobile snatching, he added. They are also told to inform RPF in case unauthorised passengers board their compartments and travel in compartments which have more passengers, especially at night. Additionally, commuters are also being informed about helpline numbers in case of emergency, he said.
A similar drive is also underway on CR. A railway official, however, said the frequency and visibility is poor due to less manpower.