The RPF (Railway Protection Force) has decided extended its women safety programme from to 10 passenger trains which also includes the KSR-Belagavi-KSR express in order to provide proactive security to women passengers.
About ‘Meri Saheli’ initiative:
The main motto of ‘Meri Saheli’ is to provide safety and security to women passengers travelling in trains throughout their journey.
A team of women Sub Inspectors and women constables of RPF will enter all coaches including ladies coaches and identify women passengers, who are travelling alone before the departure of the train.
These passengers will be briefed about all precautions to be taken during the journey and helpline number 182 apart from giving contact numbers of RPF to contact in case of any issue.
A careful assessment of crimes against single women, elderly women with or without caregivers and women with children are the most vulnerable on trains and railway stations. It is this section that miscreants target and even conduct recce when they spot the vulnerable section. The RPF identify the coaches they are seated in advance with the help of the commercial department staff and ensure particular attention to them.
They will be on platform duty across stations and meet the women passengers personally on trains. They will be provided with berths on the trains in advance.
Apart from cautioning them about the tricks of miscreants, they will ensure that the passengers have the contact numbers of the RPF escort team on their specific train and brief them on the toll-free helpline (182) for emergencies.