In a bid to provide safety and security to women passengers during their train journeys, Indian Railways has introduced a new initiative called “Meri Saheli”. The initiative has been launched by the Railway Protection Force (RPF).
According to the Railway Ministry, the “Meri Saheli” initiative is aimed to instil a sense of security among women railway passengers and respond effectively to any security-related issue faced or seen by them while travelling by trains. The Western Railway zone said, other than providing safety and security to women railway passengers, this will also provide mental peace and a comfortable train travelling experience.
According to a press release issued by Western Railways, a team of lady officer and staff have been formed under the “Meri Saheli” initiative. In order to identify women passengers, the team will visit all passenger coaches of the train including ladies coaches. The team will note down their journey details like coach number and seat number, especially if a lady is travelling alone on the train.
Besides, the train passengers will also be briefed about RPF Security Helpline Number 182, GRP Security Helpline Number 1512 as well as other precautions like, not to take food with strangers, buying food from only authorized IRCTC stalls, taking care of luggage, etc.