Bullied on a train? Log on to Facebook to complain

  • Saurabh M Joshi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 20, 2014 22:05 IST

With the menace of bullying on the rise, the Government Railway Police (GRP) is all set to launch an awareness campaign, soon after Diwali.

Prompted by two incidents in which a woman journalist and a 19-year-old college student were bullied over petty reasons, the GRP will rope in railway passenger associations to promote their page on Facebook, where passengers can upload pictures and videos of bullies.

The page was recently launched by the GRP, who say that it can be a useful tool for those who want to report incidents of bullying, using videos or photos of bullying incidents.

GRP officials said that sensitisation is the only solution, so that more of these incidents are reported, so action can be initiated. Commuters who use trains every day are best equipped to report these incidents, as they witness these incidents.

“We need the passengers to be proactive, and to come forward and inform us. They can upload the pictures and clips of these incidents and we will take action against the culprits. I will also ask the policemen travelling to and from work to keep a watch on such elements in the trains,” said Dr Ravinder Singal, GRP commissioner.

The GRP personnel will also be sensitised, so that they know how to react in case they witness such incidents or are informed about them. The RPF officials on the Western Railway (WR) said that with only 225 personnel available between Churchgate and Virar at the 10 RPF posts, they can’t do much. “More personnel will join in April, which will strengthen our force. After that, we plan to deploy civil clothed teams to travel in coaches during peak hours,” said Anand Jha, senior divisional security commissioner, RPF (WR).

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