“Talking about travelling Women security in local trains of Mumbai, It was a policeman in every ladies couches initially. But still, incidents did happened for many travellers. Women Helpline & Whatsapp Numbers played a key role to quick click and upload pictures of perverts, pickpockets and molesters. Special women guards divided in 3 groups called ‘SURAKSHINI’, ‘TEJASVINI’ AND ‘MAHILA VAHINI’ Squads along with RPF (Railway Police Force) and GRP (Government Railway Police) keeps vigil watch on crime, Below are all the whatsapp numbers and dial to call helplines for women travelling in local trains of Mumbai..”
Securing Women in Western Local Trains
‘SURAKSHINI SQUAD‘ a team of RPF man and women police patrol day and night at western railway local trains On platform, Inside local trains and other areas within railway premises. Purpose of such team squad is the safe journey of women travellers major during late evenings and nights when coaches are comparatively empty. Random security checks, assisting RPF constables and grabbing on those travelling without ticket (being ticket checker) is what the duty is.
This team has total of 33 women divided into 2 groups keeping sharp eye on security luggage’s, males travelling in women compartments, catching people without tickets and such nuisance. Their will be special groups of RPF officers which will have 2 male, 2 female along with one Inspector.
Central and Harbour Train Route
‘TEJASVINI SQUAD‘ is a team of about 60 such women constables along with RPF inspectors. This group will be divided in to multiple small groups doing all the same tasks to keep women traveller in local trains as secure and safe possible. Strict action on illegal and unauthorized male vendors selling ladies products like cosmetics etc, beggars which makes an uncomfortable train journey.
‘MAHILA VAHINI‘ is one more team squad working in 2 shifts on central & harbour routes with strength of more then 100 women RPF constables, keeping security checks in train’s ladies compartments and on platform around ladies coach areas. Divided into group of 4 they are taking care around station premises at listed railway stations as detailed below :
- Group 1 : Wadala, Dadar, Byculla and CST Stations.
- Group 2 : Mankhurd, Thane and Kurla Stations.
- Group 3 : Turbe Kalyan and Dombivli Stations.
- Group 4 : Vashi, Belapur, Panvel and Kharghar Stations.
All of the above listed women squads duty is to patrol ladies compartments, ladies special local trains, males in ladies, helping as ticket checkers, keeping unauthorized vendors away and such activities. Ladies commuters feel much safer with the extra effort and help provided with whatsapp numbers and such special officers on duty.
Railway Women Group Whatsapp Number
Dial and Call Helplines
Western Local Trains Helplines : 09833331111 & 1311
Central and Harbour Route Local Trains : 09833331111 & 1275
Whatsapp Number and Help Group
Taking social media to help, Railway police have introduced a whatsapp number 9833312222 for women travellers. If you feel something is not right like commuters fighting in train, theft, harassments, molestation etc, Just click the photo or take a video and send to this whatsapp number. It acts as a immediate response tool and an legal evidence if required further. A team of Railway Police & Women constable will reach to help you as fast as possible.
Female police constables keeping watch in this route will be allocated 71 sim cards to create women groups on whatapp chatting app to keep in touch with all the regular travellers and inform via pictures, videos and chat to respective constable so that GRP and RPF can take strict action if found guilty.
This seems to be a promising idea and a great way of connecting and communicating instead of old styled helplines. With that move, it is also expected from female travellers to use whatsapp helplines only when required during emergency and not misusing it in any way.