Distress text alert for women on trains

Government Railway Police (GRP) have decided to introduce an SMS alert system for some prominent trains passing through Bihar.

The move comes a day after a woman passenger on the 12394 Delhi-Rajendra Nagar Sampoorna Kranti Express was allegedly harassed by a 64-year-old telecom employee.

A meeting was held at the state police headquarters under the chairmanship of additional director-general of police (rail) Paras Nath Roy on Friday to chalk out modalities of the SMS system to ensure safe journey for the passengers.

"We are contemplating to introduce an SMS alert system for some important trains so that culprits are caught red-handed. This would help the police act on time and also prevent female passengers from possible harassment by co-passengers," Roy said.

Under the system, passengers would be able to send an SMS to GRP officials, who would take action against the accused passengers.

"The idea is to set up joint teams of the GRP and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel to prevent such crimes on moving trains. The move has been initiated in the wake of harassment or eve-teasing complaints from women passengers during daytime. The GRP and the RPF escort trains at night," he added.

GRP officials were in a tight spot on Thursday after a 30-year-old woman, travelling on the Rajendra Nagar-bound Sampoorna Kranti Express, complained of harassment by a 64-year-old official of a private telecommunication company.

The official, who works in Gurgaon, was arrested from a hotel in Patna late on Thursday night. He was produced before the Ara railway magistrate, who remanded him in judicial custody for two weeks.

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