Women personnel of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) will soon be more visible on railway station platforms and inside the trains for women commuters’ safety and security.
The move has been initiated after 25-year-old Debashmita Chattopadhyay took charge as Assistant Security Commissioner (ASC) in charge of the Shakti squad of RPF women constables.
The new ASC reportedly believes that presence of police personnel on the platforms and inside the local trains will be a strong deterrence to crimes against women, will give women a sense of safety and keep miscreants at a distance.
Chattopadhyay took charge on March 17 in the Mumbai division of RPF. She is the first woman officer to take charge as an ASC.
She has reportedly suggested several changes, starting with demanding that all women in the constabulary of the RPF be identified as ‘constables’ instead of ‘lady constables’.
“The general term used by officials and even with the Indian Railways for constables as ‘lady constables (LCT)’ and is used even while communicating on the documents.
However,Chattopadhyay has put forth the idea to address them with only ‘constables’ and remove the prefix ‘lady’. This is done, so as the feeling of changes as ‘behave equally to demand equality’,” said a senior officer of the RPF.
Chattopadhyay is also expected to focus on physical training for women police officials along with counselling to handle issues.
“After reviewing the working of the women constables and senior officers, she has suggested that women should take up night shifts also.
Usually, women police officials are given duties in the general shifts or in the day shifts, whereas safety issues related to passengers on the Mumbai’s suburban railway crop up at night.
Due to this, the newly arrived in-charge has come up with the idea and has decided to counsel the police personnel regarding this,” added a senior official.