Figures presented in Parliament show a mixed trend in the number of crimes against women registered by Government Railway Police over the last three years.
While the number of rape cases has increased from 7 in 2016, to 10 in 2017 and 15 in 2018, molestation and assault cases decreased from 2016 to 2017 before increasing again in 2018.
Zone-wise, the highest number of molestation cases in 2018 were registered in Southern Railway (71), followed by Central (62).
Southern also accounted for 8 of the 12 assault cases registered in 2018. Of the 15 rape cases during the last year, 3 each were registered in NF Railway and West Central Railway, while three railways had 2 cases each and three others had 1 case each.
The figures were presented in Lok Sabha by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal in response to a question during the recent Budget Session.