‘831 CISF women personnel deployed in Delhi Metro’
In January 2013, the then Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had said that two women sub-inspectors and 10 women constables will be posted in each station.
“At present, 831 women CISF personnel are deployed to help women commuters in Delhi Metro. Frisking of women passengers is done by women CISF personnel,” Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has deployed male and female staff at various Metro stations for de-boarding male passengers found to be travelling in coaches reserved for ladies, he said.
The force, Chaudhary said, has “deployed female staff trained in unarmed close quarter combat for assisting female Metro commuters”.
The minister said there was “no input indicating that any station of Delhi Metro is unsafe for women”.
CISF spokesperson Hemendra Singh, while talking to Millennium Post said: “We are committed to <g data-gr-id="30">provide</g> safety to all the Metro passengers. There are a large number of women commuters travelling in the Metro. So we have deployed female staff in all respective Metro stations.”
In order to deal with the increasing number of harassment complaints in the ladies coach, the CISF had launched a helpline number. Officials said a lot of women travel in the Metro and they keep reviewing security arrangements at each station from time-to-time.