Railways reports rise in molestation cases on trains

Despite the several measures which it has introduced to ensure the security of women passengers, railways has seen an increase in the number of cases of molestation  and sexual assault on trains in the past year.

A total of 189 cases of molestation were reported in 2013 by women passengers as against 119 cases in 2012 and 72 in 2011, according to rail ministry data.

Sexual harassment cases have also gone up significantly from 34 in 2011 to 53 in 2013. Forty-six such cases were registered in 2012.

As to rape cases, five were reported in 2013 as against three in 2011. The number of rape cases reported in 2012 was seven. A total of 290 people were arrested for crimes against women in 2013, the data states.

Although a parliamentary committee has suggested that CCTV cameras be installed in the ladies’ compartment on trains, railways has no immediate plans for the same.

Installation of CCTV cameras and emergency alarm bells in ladies’ compartments are among a series of measures which have been suggested by the standing committee on railways.
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