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‘Meri Saheli’ – Making Rail Travel Safe for Women

-Railway Protection Force personnel to participate in Delhi Half Marathon o­n 15th October to raise public awareness about its initiatives for Women Safety

With a view of raising public awareness regarding safety of women rail travelers, Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel will participate in Delhi Half Marathon o­n 15th October in New Delhi. A team of 25 RPF officers & personnel to participate in Delhi Half Marathon being organized o­n Sunday.

In alignment with the Prime Minister’s vision of empowering women, the Ministry of Railways has undertaken various initiatives to enhance the travel experience for women across the Indian Railways network. These efforts primarily focus o­n ensuring the safety and security of female passengers. Railway Protection Force with the primary objective of ensuring safe journeys for women, especially those traveling alone or with children in selected long distance trains has introduced many initiatives like “Meri Saheli”, “Operation Matrishakti” etc.

‘Meri Saheli’ teams ensure safety of women travelers traveling alone in long distance trains throughout their train journey, from the point of origin to their final destination by responding swiftly to any situation that may arise during their journey.

Currently, more than 230 dedicated “Meri Saheli” teams consisting of female RPF personnel have been deployed at various railway stations across the country, covering over 400 trains and providing assistance to more than fourteen thousand female passengers o­n an average each day. This underscores the dedication and effectiveness of the initiative in making train travel safer for women across India. These teams play a vital role in educating passengers about security measures to be taken during their journey and provide information about the available channels for seeking assistance in case of distress.

Women in distress find it easier to confide in women rather than men. Therefore, lady RPF personnel play a pivotal role in ensuring security of women in trains. Railway Protection Force is proud to have the highest percentage of women in its ranks among all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Newly recruited women are being inducted into ‘Meri Saheli’ teams to enhance their effectiveness. RPF lady personnel not o­nly provide security to women train passengers, but help women passengers in distress. Many women undertake train journeys in advance stage of pregnancy and some of them go into labour while traveling. RPF women provide facility to safe and dignified child birth for these women protecting their privacy under “Operation Matrishakti”. RPF has provided assistance in 130 such cases of childbirth o­n trains or railway premises during the current year so far.

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