GS Bhandare, deputy commissioner of police, Government Railway Police (Central Railway), talks about how train travel can be made safer for women.
For how many hours a day do GRP personnel man ladies' coaches?
There is at least one GRP policeman in each ladies coach during the morning and night shifts.
A proposal filed long ago seeks 24-hour security in ladies' coaches. What is the status of that proposal?
I cannot comment on that proposal. However, considering the constraints of our work force, we try and provide security in ladies' coaches for as many hours a day as possible.
Have you identified any trouble spots, where such incidents occur frequently? Has the GRP conducted any drives at these spots?
We have identified specific spots on the Central and Harbour lines, where thefts and assault of passengers have happened. There are 12 such spots on the Central main line and four on the Harbour line. Here, we have increased patrolling and keep a tab on anti-social elements residing near the tracks.
Many women have complained that they have a hard time getting police help or registering a complaint.
The rate of nabbing criminals on the basis of their description and modus operandi is quite high. We manage to nab them on the basis of the complaint.
There have been instances of drug addicts entering ladies' compartments and harassing women. What has been done about this?
We are trying to reduce such incidents by taking stringent action against culprits.