As per ministry records, about 20 percent of the 2.3 crore people who travel daily by Indian railways are women. Several incidents of crimes against women in trains and railway premises have been recorded in the past decades. In order to mitigate this, Indian Railways has come up with some steps, said an official statement issued by the Ministry of Railways.
Among these are some obvious ones such as proper lighting arrangements, covering all vulnerable areas identified in railway stations, parking, approach roads, ends of platforms, and maintenance depots, among others. The Ministry has also ordered for the demolition of abandoned structures around railways premises. All unauthorized entries and exits will also be closed. Furthermore, yards, pits as well as the nearby railway area of stations has to be kept clean of unwanted vegetation, as these may provide cover for offenders.
&ldquoWaiting rooms should not remain unattended and persons should be allowed to enter the waiting rooms after proper entry, particularly in nights and at times when there is minimum presence of passengers,&rdquo the guidelines said. &ldquoIt should be cross-checked by the duty officer at odd hours.&rdquo
No gatherings near toilets most crimes have been reported there.