Reiterating that security of women and children travelling in trains is a top priority for the Indian Railways, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner of South Central Railway (Vijayawada) S.R. Gandhi pointed out that a majority of women were reluctant to give proper feedback to the officials, despite a credible mechanism in place to address the issues.
Speaking at a seminar on ‘Security of Women and Children’ organised by the Vijayawada Division of South Central Railway, here on Friday, Mr. Gandhi advised women against wearing heavy jewellery while travelling in trains saying that it could attract unwanted attention. He asked them to play safe and close the windows during the journey in the night to avoid thefts.
During a power point presentation, Mr. Gandhi explained about the measures initiated by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to ensure security of women and children. Playing a short video on self-defence techniques, he urged the participants to publicise the official helpline number (182) which can be used in the event of an emergency.
Divisional Railway Manager R. Dhananjayulu said people should share the responsibility of safeguarding abandoned and runaway children. He said people were misusing the helpline number as more than 90 % of the calls received by the RPF personnel were fake or blank calls.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (North Zone) K Sravani said women must learn to raise their voice and lodge a complain immediately after they face any untoward incident.
‘Have self confidence’
B. Keerthi, Technical Support Manager, Vasavya Mahila Mandali, highlighted the issues and problems being faced by women and stressed on developing mental strength and building self-confidence.
Additional Divisional Railway Manager (Operations) G. Sumana said women play an important role in the Railways.
She said women should open up on issues without fear.
Divisional Medical Officer Deepthi, , Station Superintendent, Ramavarappadu Sailaja, divisional treasurer, SCRMU, R. M. Laxmi also spoke on the occasion.
Chief Medical Superintendent N.C. Rao, senior DCM P. Bhaskar Reddy and other branch officers participated in the programme.
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