Help at hand now for women at Indian railway stations

By Mahesh Trivedi  www.khaleejtimes.com

In the first project, eight designated points facing CCTV cameras have been created on some of the platforms at the Ahmedabad station.

Ahmedabad – The Ahmedabad Railway Division, which also covers Mumbai, has become the first in the country to set up ‘help posts’ for women in distress at the various stations having a CCTV surveillance system.

In the first project, eight designated points facing CCTV cameras have been created on some of the platforms at the Ahmedabad station.

Any harassed woman or child just has to stand at these spots, dial the helpline numbers given on the board there, and armed guards of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) will come to their rescue in not time.

“Once a passenger calls the helpline, a unique complaint number will be generated and provided to the complainant to be followed for necessary action. The helpline will automatically forward the call of the complainant to the onal Security Control Room of the RPF and the complainant will be apprised of the action taken.”, said a senior railway official.

Apart from Ahmedabad, the ‘help posts’ will be set up at 19 other stations of the Western Railway this month itself. They include Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Surendranagar, Jamnagar, and several local train stations in Mumbai like Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Churchgate, Dadar, Bandra, etc. More info

Ilustration photo: A women\’s special coach in the Churchgate railway station in Mumbai

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