In the months to come, nearly 200 newly-designed frisking cabins for women will be set up on the Delhi Metro network to facilitate a more private frisking for women passengers, CISF officers said.
“The existing booths have been designed quite haphazardly. They only give a semblance of privacy. But it is obvious that if one is positioned at certain vantage points then one can clearly see how women are being frisked,” Udayan Banerjee, DIG (Metro), CISF, said.
Banerjee said the issue had been under deliberation for quite a while with CISF officials, DMRC and commuters pitching in their opinions. “The manufacturer prepared for us two or three different models of the frisking booths. We deployed those for a month or two at Barakhamba Metro station for testing, and collected feedback from commuters,” Banerjee said.
According to CISF officers, the new booths will be deployed in phases, beginning with stations on the Blue Line. “Nearly a dozen booths have already been put up at Metro stations,” a CISF officer said.
A senior CISF official also said to enhance security on the Metro network, security personnel had begun ‘profiling’ of commuters. “At select stations, the door frame metal detectors have also been brought close to the X-ray baggage screening machines so that, if the need arises, the officer who is frisking can simultaneously provide feedback to the officer assessing the baggage.
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Such measures have, so far, only been tested for about a month. Once the approach is successful to a suitable extent, we will expand it to other stations,” the official said.
CISF has approximately 5,000 officers on the ground to secure 134 stations on the Delhi Metro network.