North Eastern Railway (NER), with a view to strengthen women safety, is planning to deploy women police personnel on trains and also to install a ‘panic button’ in coaches for women passengers.
Speaking to PTI about the development, Sanjay Yadav, Chief PRO of NER, said, “Since the railways is focussing on ‘women and child safety’ this year, it plans deployment of women police personnel in sub-urban trains during night hours besides recruitment of women in the RPF among others.”
Speaking about the ‘panic button’ in coaches, Yadav added, “These buttons, placed at convenient spots for easy reach of women travellers above the electric switches, when pressed will denote the coach where there is emergency and the railway staff present in the train will be informed to promptly attend to the emergency.”
NER to boost women safety also plans to have a different colour on the coaches earmarked for women for easy identification and wire mesh in windows of ladies coaches.
“Work on these proposals was going on and there are chances that the one pertaining to ‘panic button’ will take shape this year itself,” Yadav said.