Introducing 'Panic Button' for women by North Eastern Railway

by National | 16-05-2018 | 624 views

The north Eastern Railway plans to deploy women police personnel on trains during night hours as well as install 'panic button' in coaches with a view to strengthening the security of women passengers in trains. Since the Railways are focusing on 'women and child safety' this year, it plans the deployment of women police personnel in sub-urban trains during night hours besides recruitment of women in the RPF among others, chief PRO of NER, Sanjay Yadav said.

The Railways also proposes to have panic buttons in the coaches with reports of mis happenings with women travelling alone in trains, which will be linked with Guard coach. "These panic buttons placed at convenient Spots for easy reach of women travellers above the electric switches, when pressed will denote the coach where there is an emergency and to the railway staff present in the train will be informed to promptly attend to the emergency", Yadav said. 

Railways also propose a month-wise calendar of activities with the focus on women security and gender sensitization and upgradation of all India security helpline. It also proposes cctv cameras in women coaches of sub-urban trains with live feed, if possible, cctv cameras on platforms to cover ladies coaches during halt of trains, the amendment in the Railways Act ensure enhanced punishment for offences pertaining to women, he said.

It also intends special drive under the Railways act to prosecute offenders, yadav added.

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