There has been a 35% rise in the number of cases registered against men for illegally travelling in women’s compartments on the Western Railway.
In 2014-15, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) booked 10,435 men under section 162 of the Indian Railways Act, which prevents entry in carriage or other places reserved for women. The number stood at 7,743 in 2013-14.
“We have been focusing on the security of women commuters and are making sure to send out a message to troublemakers that any activity that will put the passengers at risk will have serious consequences. If we successfully restrain their travel in the women’s compartment, the crime rate will come down automatically,” said Anand Vijay Jha, senior divisional security commissioner, RPF, Western Railway.
The RPF have de ployed additional staff outside the women’s coaches at stations such as Andheri, Borivli and Dadar to stop men from boarding the compartment.
Meanwhile, the total number of cases registered by the RPF went up from 46,622 in 2013-14 to 56,885 in 2014-15.
Following its crackdown on hawkers, the RPF registered 5,733 cases last year, in comparison to the previous year’s 3,618.
At the same time, cases of chain snatching, one of the biggest reasons for delay of suburban train services, have gone up from 165 in 2013-14 to 202.