Of the women, for the women: RPF’s Mahila Vahini for Mumbai locals
With 90 Force Force Train Protection Force (FPR), Mahila Vahini, founded in August 2015, guarantees the safety of women traveling on the Western Railway (WR).
Patroling in women’s commuter trains and maintaining law and order are part of their functions. In their eight-hour day shift, agents give the highest priority to those who are faced with women’s complaints.
For the convenience of travelers, Mahila Vahini took the initiative to initiate the Sakhi FPR – through which connects with the women’s benifits through groups of WhatsApp.
“The FPR Sakhi was launched in February 2016. The FPR officers boarded the train and talked about the new initiative. It did not take long for passengers to respond positively,” said Gayatri Patel, 35 inspector and head Scored by Mahila Vahini.
“We are seeing a lot of problems on a regular basis, ranging from small problems like lost personal property, seats, locking doors cures, frivolous arguments and fights between passengers to the most serious people, such as ambulances, beggars and cases Sporadic “Pin” stone, Patel said.
“I travel every day to work at Navi Mumbai on Marine Lines on Dadar’s link train. Sometimes it’s very crowded and that’s when people are frustrated and struggling in the seats.
In one case, it is very ugly and women began to abuse and fight, “said Third Year Commissioner Deepika Ganghawane.
She said there should be more trains to accommodate the growing number of female passengers.
“The team is critical to ensuring the safety of women’s passengers on the line. They are the backbone of women’s safety on the railways,” said Ravinder Bhaker, public relations manager, Western Railway.
However, staff prices remain a concern. “We currently have 90 female PRF agents, but we need at least 110 more,” Patel said, adding stations such as Grant Road, Central Mumbai, Baja Parel and Mahalaxmi do not have permanent FPR staff and two officers were temporarily responsible for overseeing the work of these seasons.
More staff could also be deployed at rail stations such as Andheri and Dadar. “The shortage of personnel means a greater workload on existing recruits, lack of adequate rest and adequate vacation,” he added.