The deputy commissioner of police, Central Railway, says several measures are being taken to make train travel safer for women. He, however, admitted that due to insufficient staff, it is not possible to prevent all such crimes.
At least 16 women were attacked every month until October this year on the western and central railway lines.
I agree a substantial number of cases have been recorded. However, most have been thoroughly investigated. Of the 160 complaints filed this year, 79 have been solved and the perpetrators have been brought to justice.
Do you agree the figures have exposed a lapse in policing?
We do not have enough staff to guard every compartment of each train. The recruitment is in progress, and soon we should have more officers to police the local trains and railway stations, which will bring down such crimes substantially.
What about the available staff? Is it being trained appropriately to prevent and deal with such attacks?
We have issued stricter instructions to the staff to ensure better safety of women. The priority is to reduce such crimes. And if they occur, we have instructed the officers to record it as soon as possible and investigate immediately. Only a week ago, we met to discuss the measures to be taken, which cover a lot of things like enhancing CCTV coverage, increased patrolling, among others.