In view of the rising crime against women commuters on suburban trains, the Railway Protection Force of the Western Railway (WR) has taken up a drive to sensitise college girls on tackling the menace, a senior official said.
Under this programme, a team of women RPF visits colleges and hold "Women Commuters Security Seminar" there to make the college girls aware of the possible crimes against them, including mobile snatching, chain snatching, eve-teasing, molestation, among others.
The 75-minute long interactive sessions also inform them about the steps they need to take to avoid and tackle such situations.
"We have started a unique way of community policing and for this we have shortlisted 40 women colleges in the western suburbs. We have approached requested the college principals to make available auditorium to hold these sessions," Senior Divisional Security Commissioner of the RPF of Mumbai Division Anand Vijay Jha said.
He, however, added that to their dismay, only a few colleges have responded warmly.
The RPF team has so far conducted seminars at five colleges and are optimistic that other 35 colleges would also respond positively.
The seminar comprises presentation on different aspects of women's security, success stories in detection and thirdly 'prevention is better than cure', which is followed by by a Q&A session.
In the letter written to the principals of the women colleges, RPF has admitted that crime against women has been on the rise and it needs their active support to reduce it.
A member of Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee, T N Dubey, has praised the initiative.
"Sensitising and alerting women in such a way is a classic example of community policing," he said.