Requested railways to focus on Safety and security of passengers through a question in LS
Safety and security of passengers, especially of women, is an important issue concerning the Indian railways. It is my opinion that here is a need for a dedicated agency to prevent and detect crime in passenger areas. In order for that to happen, it requires the concurrence of all the state Governments to amend Railway Protection Force Act instead of having a three tier security mechanism consisting of District Police, Government Railway Police and Railway Police Force.
An incident a few months ago prompted me to raise this issue during Question hour in Parliament. Two girls who had faced harassment by police at Kalyan station wrote to me and request me to take up their incident to push for more security for women. There is a need to sensitise the railway police as to how to behave with female passengers. Also, a dedicated agency to prevent crime in passenger areas will help coordination between state government, railway officials and the Railway Protection Force, and avoid the recurrence of such incidents.
Therefore I asked the Government as to what its is doing to avoid mistreatment and unnecessary harassment meted out to the passengers by the rail police?
Shri. Suresh Prabhu, the Railway Minister, replied with a promise of conducting training sessions for the Railway police regarding treatment of women passengers.