From Panic Buttons To Women-Manned Stations, This Is How India Is Making A She-Change
As the world celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, India announced new provisions to make the fairer gender feel safe and special. While the theme ‘Press For Progress’ gained momentum across the nation in the past week, few states came forward to do the extra bit for the ladies. Here’s a roundup on how India celebrated women’s day this year.
Panic button for women
Delhi government has launched a pilot project for equipping public buses with 'panic alarm system' to ensure the safety of women passengers. The announcement was made by the Delhi Transport Minister, Kailash Gahlot that all buses in the national capital will have panic buttons by March 2019. These panic alarms will add the third line of defence to ensure women safety in Delhi buses. Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses are already equipped with bus marshalls and CCTVs on pilot basis. As per the protocol of the system, upon hearing the alarm, the driver will take the bus to the left-most part of the road and bring it to a stop. The conductor will be able to locate the call for intervention and respond suitably.
Ajni in Nagpur, the two-platform Maninagar railway station and Matunga Road station in Mumbai will now be run by an all-women staff and will be the first in the state and the fourth all-woman run railway station in the country.
Meanwhile, the South Central Railway has announced that there are plans to make Chandragiri railway station in Guntakal division, Begumpet station in Secunderabad division and Phirangipuram station in Guntur division all-women stations. According to the official statement, women staff will be deployed to handle all day-to-day activities, including train operations, ticketing, security and other duties. It may be noted that Begumpet is one of the busiest suburban stations in Hyderabad.
The south Delhi police has launched an all women patrolling squad christened ‘Knightingale’ to ensure safety and security of women in public places. Earlier, the squad comprised of 16 women personnel, aged between 20-35 years, in the ranks of sub-inspectors and constables who have been trained in unarmed combat and driving. The squad has been equipped with motorcycles with four riding gear, a gypsy with a woman police officer as the driver and in-charge to lead the patrol team, wireless sets, protection team and firearms. The Women Patrolling Squad will focus on areas like Sarojini Nagar Market, Select City Walk Mall, Hauz Khas Village, Kamla Nehru College and Gargi College, schools etc.
With inputs from Housing News