Women’s safety goes hand in hand with few staff on trains – The New Indian Express

Express press service

KOCHI: Night travel on state trains becomes dangerous for women. Whether on express or passenger trains, women are increasingly facing assault and sexual harassment on board, in addition to being the targets of eve-teasers and exhibitionists.

Many such incidents go unreported when the perpetrators escape, thanks to the absence of Railway Protection Force and Railway Police personnel at stations. Uma (name changed), a 20-year-old working for a private company in Kakkanad, had a bitter experience aboard passenger Nilambur Road-Kottayam which departs from Ernakulam North at 7:55 p.m.

“As the ladies’ compartment remains empty, I boarded with another woman and her son in the general compartment,” she said. Things went well for a while after the train left the station, en route to Kottayam. “But as the train pulled into Piravom Road station, a man suddenly made a noise to get my attention and showed his genitals.

When I screamed, he quickly jumped off the train onto the platform and fled into the night,” Uma said. The incident shocked the girl so much that she stopped traveling by train for a while. Priya (name changed), a bank official, faced a much scarier situation a few weeks ago. She had boarded the Trivandrum Central-Mangalore Central Maveli Express at around 7:25 p.m.

“Trivandrum Central is the originating station of the train and I boarded the compartment in which I had reserved a seat. I was all alone in the compartment since I had arrived early and the other passengers had not boarded yet,” Priya said. She then noticed that a man entered the compartment.

“I thought he was a passenger. But he approached me and started masturbating. I was scared and very angry too. I screamed and shouted at him, while calling the cops who , alas, never happened,” she said. However, Priya was lucky as her screams and screams scared the man away.

“Not everyone is so lucky,” said Lyons J, secretary of Friends on Rails, a rail passenger welfare group. He said Friends on Rails frequently receives WhatsApp messages from women who find themselves in difficult situations, especially on overnight trips.

The railway protection force cites a lack of sufficient personnel, he pointed out. Meanwhile, Tanvi Praful Gupte, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner of the Railway Protection Force, said: “The shortage of personnel is the main reason for the RPF’s inability to deploy escorts on the trains. However, we have deployed escorts on long-distance trains, especially those running at night. »

KOCHI: Night travel on state trains becomes dangerous for women. Whether on express or passenger trains, women are increasingly facing assault and sexual harassment on board, in addition to being the targets of eve-teasers and exhibitionists. Many such incidents go unreported when the perpetrators escape, thanks to the absence of Railway Protection Force and Railway Police personnel at stations. Uma (name changed), a 20-year-old working for a private company in Kakkanad, had a bitter experience aboard passenger Nilambur Road-Kottayam which departs from Ernakulam North at 7:55 p.m. “As the ladies’ compartment remains empty, I boarded with another woman and her son in the general compartment,” she said. Things went well for a while after the train left the station, en route to Kottayam. “But as the train pulled into Piravom Road station, a man suddenly made a noise to get my attention and showed his genitals. When I screamed, he quickly jumped off the train onto the platform and stood ran away in the night,” Uma said. The incident shocked the girl so much that she stopped traveling by train for a while. Priya (name changed), a bank official, faced a much scarier situation a few weeks ago She had boarded the Trivandrum Central-Mangalore Central Maveli Express around 7:25 p.m. a seat. I was all alone in the compartment since I had arrived early and the other passengers had not yet boarded,” Priya said. She then noticed a man entering the compartment. “I thought that he was a passenger. But he approached me and started to masturbate. I was scared and very angry too. I yelled and shouted at him, while calling the cops who, alas, never arrived,” she said. However, Priya was lucky as her screams and screams scared the man away. “Not everyone is so lucky,” said Lyons J, secretary of Friends on Rails, a rail passenger welfare group. He said Friends on Rails frequently receives WhatsApp messages from women who find themselves in difficult situations, especially on overnight trips. The railway protection force cites a lack of sufficient personnel, he pointed out. Meanwhile, Tanvi Praful Gupte, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner of the Railway Protection Force, said: “The shortage of personnel is the main reason for the RPF’s inability to deploy escorts on the trains. However, we have deployed escorts on long-distance trains, especially those running at night.

Mara R. Wilmoth