Women safety in Trains: Govt rejects emergency button proposal

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The ministry of women and child development on Friday found itself on the back seat after the minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain denied the proposal of the former to provide emergency push buttons in the washroom of trains as an additional measure for women’s safety.

Gohain today told the Rajya Sabha that the railways is not considering providing emergency push buttons.

“Suggestions had been received from the Ministry of Women and Child Development with regard to strengthening security of women passengers which, inter-alia, included provision of emergency button in trains. Since Emergency Alarm Chain System is already available in coaches, provision of emergency push button in all coaches is not being considered at this juncture,” PTI quoted the minister as saying.

“On trial basis, Emergency Talk Back System has been provided in six ladies coaches of two Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) rakes in Mumbai Suburban. One air conditioned EMU rake running in Mumbai Suburban has also been fitted with this system,” Gohain added.

It is worth mentioning that two women, including a student of an agricultural university, were found dead in the toilets of two trains in Assam earlier this month.

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