South Central Railway made arrangements to ensure the safety of the women passengers in Railway stations and running Trains. Following are the details.
Installed CCTV Cameras in stations
- Surveillance cameras are also installed at key locations at important stations to watch the movement/activities of suspicious elements.
Special Awareness Program mes and Campaigns
- Awareness program mes/campaigns with the help of NGOs and prominent women activists are being conducted to sensitize the Force personnel over the issues related to women. Such gender sensitization program mes have so far been conducted this year – at Moula-ali, Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Guntur, Guntakal and Vijayawada.These program mes will be continued in the coming months also. In addition, several mass awareness campaigns are also being regularly conducted by the administration through various Media to sensitize the Public on the issue of security of passengers.
24 X 7 Helplines Provided
- South Central Railway accords utmost importance to the security of passengers in Railway premises. The security apparatus in stations / on trains is being continuously strengthened to ensure passenger security. Special emphasis is being given on measures to take care of the security needs of women passengers, especially in the MMTS / Suburban train services in twin cities.The 24 X 7 Railway Security Help Line numbers for any security needs of the passengers are : 040-27833366, 9963161688(RPF Control at Zonal HQ); 9701371727, 9701372079 (RPF Controls at Secunderabad and Hyderabad Divisions); 9440700040 (GRP)
Appointment of RPF Personnel and Home Guards
- At present, 252 RPF personnel and 239 Home guards are deployed to take care of the security requirements of commuters at MMTS Stations. In addition, all MMTS train services are being escorted by RPF personnel/Home guards. A team of 62 security personnel have been deployed for the escort duties. To increase the presence of women personnel in RPF, 10% of the vacancies in every recruitment are reserved for women.RPF and GRP staff and officers regularly attend the suburban trains and also conduct surprise inspections at major stations with focus on security of women passengers.
Strict Laws to prevent Eve Teasing
- As per Section 162 of The Railways Act, 1989, males entering a compartment, room or any other place reserved for females is a punishable offense which entails a fine up to Rs. 500/- apart from the offender being liable to be removed from the premises. Stringent action will be initiated under relevant statutory provisions against eve teasers and any person creating trouble for or harassing women passengers in Railway premises. In case any women passenger encounters teasing / harassment or any trouble from anybody in MMTS / Suburban services or in the Railway premises, they may inform the nearest Railway staff or call the Railway Security Help Lines for immediate action.