RAILWAYS TAKES SAFETY MEASURES FOR WOMEN PASSENGERS
New procedures have been implemented by Indian Railways to
guarantee the safety and security of female passengers, particularly during
long-distance travel. In a press statement, Union Minister of Railways Ashwini
Vaishnaw said that the Indian Railways has taken several initiatives to provide
improved facilities to women passengers on trains, including berth reservation
and CCTV monitoring.
Women passengers have been given a reservation quota of six
berths in sleeper class on long-distance mail and express trains, as well as a
reservation quota of six berths in 3AC class on Garib Rath, Rajdhani, Duronto,
and completely air-conditioned express trains. This is true regardless of their
age or whether they are travelling alone or with other ladies. For senior citizens,
women of 45 years and older and pregnant women, a combined reservation quota of
six to seven lower berths per coach in sleeper class, four to five in the
air-conditioned 3-tier (3AC) and three to four in the air-conditioned 2-tier
(2AC) classes have been reserved (based on the number of coaches in each class
on the train).
In addition to that, the Indian Railways, in association with
the GRP (Government Railway Police Force), have taken a number of further
efforts to ensure the safety and security of passengers, especially women, on
trains and at stations. He further stated that trains are escorted by RPF and
GRPF from several states on vulnerable and recognised routes/sections on a
daily basis. The Railway Help Line number 139 is available 24 hours a day, all
days a week across the entire Indian Railways network for security-related help
to travellers in crisis. He also stated that if a passenger's issues are
expressed via social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook, the ministry will
Ladies Special trains are being escorted by lady RPF troops,
according to the ministry. Train escorting parties have been instructed to keep
a close eye on female passengers travelling alone, as well as ladies coaches in
route and at halting stations. To guarantee the safety of female passengers,
drives are conducted to prevent male travellers from entering compartments
designated for women. In addition, CCTV cameras have been installed in 4,934
coaches and 838 railway stations to improve passenger security.
In what can
be considered as a piece of great and good news for the women passengers, the
Indian Railways has reportedly taken several steps including providing
reservation quota and security to the women travelers. This was informed by
Union minister of railways Ashwini Vaishnaw.
Vaishnaw said that this step has been taken keeping in mind the
convenience and safety of women in long-distance trains. The facilities imply
to every female irrespective of their age and whether they are travelling alone
or in a group of women passengers, he added.
Giving information, the Union Minister said that 6 berths will
be reserved in Sleeper class in long-distance mail and express trains. Let us
tell you that many express trains including Rajdhani, Garib Rath, Duronto are
included in this list. In the third AC coach of these trains, berths have been
reserved for women.
If we talk about sleeper class, then about 7 lower berths have
been reserved in it. Apart from this, 4 to 5 lower berths in third AC and 3 to
4 lower berths in air-conditioned 2 tier (2 AC) have been reserved for senior
citizens and women.
Apart from this, the Railways has taken many special steps
keeping in mind the safety of women. Railways had also started ‘Meri Saheli’,
under which women passengers would get security throughout their journey by the
Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Government Railway Police (GRP).