In the wake of sudden spurt in cases of crime against women travelling in trains, the Chakradharpur division of the South Eastern Railway (SER) zone has announced issuing fresh guidelines to the women commuters travelling in the day hours.
With six major incidents of sexual harassment this year, the authorities are pulling out all stops to ensure the safety of women commuters and nab the miscreants on trains originating or passing through various junctions under CKP division.
“Earlier we had specific safety guidelines for women commuters travelling at night. But now we are coming with safety guidelines for the women travelling during the day,” said Chakradharpur senior commercial divisional manager A N Biswas.
The new guidelines that are likely to come into effect from July 1 aim to check crime against women.
According to a senior railway officer, the guidelines for women commuters is under consideration and shall be finalized following inputs from all the stakeholders including suggestions from the women rights groups.
Sources said women commuters travelling during the day would be advised to be watchful of the people boarding the train.
On part of the railways, it is most likely that number of women cops on-board the trains will be increased. Women RPF constables in plain clothes would be deployed on long distance superfast and express trains.
Recently, the CKP railway had announced taking help of hawkers on trains and at railway stations to keep an eye on offenders. “We cannot reveal the specifics of the guidelines right now. We are consulting with the security agencies (RPF and GRP) for formulating journey guidelines for women passengers,” said Biswas.