HC suggests Railways to install CCTVs in Mumbai trains for women's safety

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today mooted a proposal for the Railway authorities to consider installing CCTVs in ladies' compartments of local trains to prevent incidents of crime against women.

The suggestion came from a bench headed by Justice Naresh Patil which was hearing a petition filed by Help Mumbai Foundation and a suo motu (on its own) petition on strengthening measures to ensure women's safety.

The petitioners raised the issue in the wake of an incident in which a 22-year-old woman was allegedly molested by an unidentified youth while she was travelling alone in an unguarded ladies compartment of a Churchgate-bound local train on August 7.

The bench also asked the Government Railway Police (GRP) to hold meetings with the Chief Security Commissioners of Central Railway and Western Railway within two weeks to discuss ways and means to strengthen the security system to protect women.

Raising the issue of women's safety on behalf of the petitioners, Advocates Raju Chavan and Madhav Jamdar said the recent incident was the failure of the Railways to ensure safe passage to women commuters during evening hours.

The lawyers argued that the Railways were not serious in providing security to women during their travel in local trains.

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