An average of 10 people were prosecuted every day in August by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Central Railway (CR) for indecent behaviour — an offence that includes talking aloud on a mobile phone, using vulgar language, stripping, singing aloud in trains and littering or soiling trains and railway platforms. Between January and July 2014, the RPF registered 1, 569 cases – an 18 per cent increase from the 1,330 cases registered during the same period in 2013.
“People are often seen bathing on railway premises and dumping garbage inside local trains or even on platforms. Commuters should, however, be aware that not just the RPF, but the station master too can fine them Rs 500 for littering on stations,” said Alok Bohra, senior divisional security commissioner, RPF (CR).
“Efforts are always made to conduct drives to ensure that commuters have a hassle free travel. However, the number of drives are proportional to the available manpower,” said Anand V Jha, senior divisional security commissioner, RPF, WR.