Delhi metro to have special CISF teams during late hours for women's safety

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New Delhi, March 11: In the wake of increasing rape cases in the national capital, the authorities have made arrangements to step up security surveillance in Metro stations, especially during the late hours. CISF has deployed special teams of 'mahila' personnel to assist women commuters who have to travel during late hours.

These professionals would also be responsible to help them in hiring local transport like auto, rickshaws or buses. In fact, close to 4,800 personnel both men and women have been deployed to secure 136 stations of the DMRC in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad and Gurgaon.

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"We have asked our women personnel to help female passengers who have to travel late in the night. They (women personnel) will help them in select stations which get secluded during night. As part of these measures, our women personnel even note down the number of the auto or the public transport vehicle in which the women passengers were seen off by them. This creates a psychological effect in the minds of people that they are being watched and tracked when they are dealing with women passengers and it also gives women a better sense of security," said Arvind Ranjan, CISF director general.

He also said that an advanced squad of women commandos to help female commuters in distress in the Metro. However, the role of the CCTV cameras remains and the force will be supervising any "unusual behaviour".

"We are in the process of deploying more CCTV cameras in Delhi metro stations. This has given us an edge earlier as we detected about 180 instances where people were noticed to be in a disturbed state of mind. CISF teams rushed to attend to such passengers. We avoided many mishaps due to CCTV monitoring. More than 500 cases of people illegally walking on tracks were detected last year due to CCTV surveillance," he further added.

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