There could be relief around the corner for women commuters who are jittery about travelling in sparsely occupied ladies’ compartments of local trains.
Setting the ball rolling for the recruitment of women constables to be stationed in these compartments, the Bombay high court on Friday, asked the railways to expedite the process.
The court even suggested that authorities have a separate recruitment process for woman constables. The court’s suggestion came after it was informed that 10% of the vacancies are reserved for women constables.
The court was hearing a suo motu public interest litigation based on a Hindustan Times report published on June 21, two days after a 25-year-old woman was molested at Nerul railway station, in an empty compartment of a Thane-bound local.
Railway counsel Suresh Kumar told the court that there were around 1,100 posts to be filled for both male and female personnel.