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The Deputy Superintendent of Police, V Ponramu, said that the Railway Protection Force witnesses a shortage of staff as compared to the growing passenger population and hence there are lot of railway stations that remain unguarded especially in odd hours.

A model of the Chennai railway line

A model of the Chennai railway line

Women safety remains an important segment of Indian society and loopholes in transportation system have helped its way even deeper.
Foot-board travel, luggage blocking the doorway, men travelling in ladies compartments and eve-teasing remain the major problems of faced by women passengers.

Travelling from Indranagar railway station to Egmore, I came across couple of women who talked readily about everyday hassles that they faced while travelling.

Young girls prefer using the trains only in day time

Young girls prefer using the trains only in day time

Sometimes the boys tease young girls and also throw handkerchiefs on them. On being asked if these girls ever complained about it, they said no, adding that they hardly found a guard anywhere close.  Many times drunk men enter the women compartments and make it unsafe for women to travel alone at late hours. Most of the heads shook indicating a direct ‘no’ when inquired if they ever preferred travelling alone late night.

Also, Many times it is found that the stations were totally deserted and dingy and also lack proper lighting. The escalators are also found out of order at many stations hampering easy movement of elderly. The provision of one reserved compartment makes it tough to accommodate the entire passenger crowd at peak hours.

Evening hours witness heavy rush in the local trains

Evening hours witness heavy rush in the local trains

However, The Railway Protection Force claims to be doing its best right now  It is very important to provide the railway protection force with adequate number of staff so that due care of public can be taken. The reason of increasing cases of women misbehaviour comes up due to the sole reason.

Office of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Egmore,Chennai

Office of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Egmore,Chennai

Thus, the officials have decided to make sure that there are enough guards for morning and evening trains since the maximum number of accidents happen then.

The Dy Superintendent of Police also pointed out that the public has somewhere stopped bothering about the law and order. The fear to do wrong and get punished for the same seems to have vanished from the minds of people. It is very important to make them realize the supremacy of law and order.
A talk with the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Egmore, Chennai

Since some railway stations are very dingy and deserted it adds on to the number of such accidents and thus an effort should be made to let more vendors’ shops being opened in these stations which would enhance the crowd level even at late night or early morning.
A coverage of the grave problems suffered by women and elderly commuters on Chennai local trains

In terms of covering long distances in cheaper and quick way, the railways prove to be of mighty use to thousands of travelers. Don’t you think a slight change in attitude of officials and passengers will also ensure due comfort and security?
The fact that women step out of their houses to earn a living everyday is itself an example of our society’s development. Don’t you think we should respect and promote this?

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