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South Western Railway inducts first batch of lady sub-inspectors

While seven out of the total 164 women SIs, who passed out of RPF training centre in Moula Ali, Hyderabad, have been posted to SWR, they will soon take charge of ensuring security to rail passengers, property and railway premises.

Written by Ralph Alex Arakal | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 24, 2020 8:23:23 pm
South Western Railway, South Western Railway women Sub Inspectors, South Western Railway women SI, women sub inspectors South Western Railway, India news, Indian Express 26-year-old Namrata Angadi from Karnataka’s Dharwad was picked platoon commander for the passing out parade in Hyderabad. (Express Photo)

In a first since its formation in 2003, the South Western Railway (SWR) Friday inducted its first batch of lady sub-inspectors (SIs) to the Railway Protection Force (RPF).

While seven out of the total 164 women SIs, who passed out of RPF training centre in Moula Ali, Hyderabad, have been posted to SWR, they will soon take charge of ensuring security to rail passengers, property and railway premises. The force will further be responsible for providing special care to women and children as well.

Among the freshly inducted officers is Dharwad resident Namrata Angadi, who has been a keen follower of rescue operations done by the RPF to rescue runaway children and those preventing women and child-trafficking.

An engineering graduate, 26-year-old Angadi told Indianexpress.com that she was inspired by a Mumbai-based policewoman’s story. “As I built my interest in this field of social work, I have been reading and trying to understand how issues such as trafficking and kidnapping happens in our usually busy railway stations. Rekha Misra, an RPF SI, who was credited to rescue 434 children, has always been my role model,” she said.

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South Western Railway, South Western Railway women Sub Inspectors, South Western Railway women SI, women sub inspectors South Western Railway, India news, Indian Express Among those inducted includes 26-year-old engineering graduate, Namrata Angadi. (Express Photo)

Angadi further explained how she had observed her father Ulavi Basappa Angadi — a retired Women and Child Development project officer — worked hard to prevent untoward experiences to the vulnerable. “Right from my childhood, we had healthy and in-depth discussions at home on such issues which I think has had an effect on my thoughts and aspirations,” Angadi said.

Also a professional volleyball player and Bharatanatyam dancer, Angadi credited her mother — Premalatha Angadi — for providing her moral support to chase her dreams.

According to a statement issued by SWR, the cadets underwent rigorous training for a period of nine months at Hyderabad. “Classroom training on the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc), Indian Evidence Act, RP (UP) Act, Railway Act, and general working of Railways, etc. were provided. Outdoor training consisted of squad drills, weapon training, yoga, martial arts, etc., of 4 hours a day as the prime component,” the statement read.

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