Ludhiana : CCTV cameras will be installed at 983 railway stations including Ludhiana Railway Station under the Nirbhaya Fund to ensure safety of women passengers on the directions of Rajya Sabha as the safety of women at the railway stations and in trains is in poor state of affairs. Inside the trains CCTVs cannot be installed due to privacy of women section of the society so they would install at railway stations.
The stations have been included in the proposal for provision of CCTV cameras under the fund, Minister of State for Railways. The work on this proposal is already in the progress and by the mid of 2017 these CCTV are expected to install at the Ludhiana Railway Station. The fund was set up following an announcement in the 2013 Union Budget after the brutal gang rape of a Delhi girl on December 16, 2012, that had sparked a nationwide outrage.
It is created to support initiatives by the government and NGOs working towards protecting the dignity and ensuring safety of women in India. But the position of safety of passengers at the railway stations is in poor state of affairs. First of all there is lack of women cop staff inside the trains due to which female passengers face a lot of problem; moreover the female cops claim that they themselves don’t feel safe in railway compartments then what to talk of an ordinary woman?
Secondly in the compartment for ladies, men passengers keep sitting and there is no check over it.
Thirdly the placement of the ladies compartment in the end of the trains is being questioned by various railway passengers and demands to change its place from end to middle like in the state of Kerala.
As after 23-year-old Soumya from Shoranur, who was travelling in the Ernakulam-Shoranur passenger, was brutally raped and murdered in 2011, Kerela High court orders to change woman coach place from end to middle and to keep one woman cop in each compartment but to no avail. If seen practically then the safety of women in the trains is almost negligible as the government is not taking any steps for the safety of women in trains and otherwise also.
Reema Sharma, a teacher said, “I have to travel daily to Jalandhar but there is not even a single safety measure for the women passengers in the train.
I have not seen any female cop in the trains.
Decision comes out due to lack of women safety
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