Kulwant Singh's Delhi experience will be marred by his paying of R250 fine in the Delhi Metro. The Punjab resident was travelling by Delhi Metro on his second day in the city but in the wrong coach.
Delhi Metro has started cracking down on rogue male passengers, who misbehave with women, and others who travel in the women's coach of the Metro train. This came after a string of cases in which male passengers were caught harassing and misbehaving with women passengers.
Eleven flying squads, comprising one station manager, one Delhi Metro rail police staff, one security controller and two Group-4 security guards, have been set up for all the six lines of Delhi Metro to keep a vigil on unauthorised entry of male passengers into the women’s coaches.
"We already have four flying squads but wanted to make the journey completely safe for women," said a senior Metro official.
DMRC has also started running awareness messages on all LCD TVs installed at stations such as Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazar, New Delhi, Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat.
"Women do not directly approach security staff, so we have a helpline number (155370) for them. In the past one-and-a-half year we have fined more than 6,000 men for travelling in women's coach," the officer said.