Railways all set to introduce helpline for women

Indian Railways will soon introduce a 24X7 helpline for women that will be tracked “on real-time basis”, Railway Minister Pramod Kumar Bansal said while stressing that the safety of passengers, particularly women, was top priority.

“The safety and security of passengers, especially the women, is the top priority of the Indian Railways,” Bansal said ahead of the rail budget he will present Tuesday.

“It’s not possible to deploy women constables in each of the 51,000 coaches. But soon there would be round-the-clock toll-free helpline for women and this will be tracked on real-time basis,” he said.

To ensure the security of women in trains, especially to end chain and purse snatching incidents, the railways would ensure that no male passenger travels in all-women coaches, he said.

Bansal said most suggestions for women’s safety have come from the public.

Amongst the railways’ priorities will be launching over 100 new trains, especially on some religious tourism sections, speeding up derailed projects, cleanliness of stations, improving catering and, of course, setting finances in order, ministry sources said.

“You all have to wait until the budget is presented,” said Bansal.IANS

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/railways-all-set-to-introduce-helpline-for-women/article4453578.ece

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