19 stations to be gender sensitised for the interest of female commuters

With the rise in the rate of crime against women travelling via the local train, the authorities will address major security concerns for its female commuters.

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In 2018, there were 158 cases of molestation reported to railways with many going unnoticed. The Railways experiences 75 lakh commuters on a daily basis with 30 per cent of the commuters being women.  

According to research conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), women found poorly-lit railway stations and bridges a security threat while other issues include lack of clean and functional toilets at stations along with poorly-maintained staircases and escalators.     

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Taking these issues under consideration, Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has asked consultants and concerned authorities to chalk out a plan to eliminate shadow areas which are generally inhabited by eve teasers and thieves. The idea behind ensuring that huge beams, FOBs and columns do not have any dark areas is that no woman should feel threatened or scared. 

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The stations which are on the priority list include Mumbai Central, Jogeshwari, Kandivali, Mira Road, Bhayander, Vasai Road, Nalasopara and Virar on Western Railway.  Bhandup, Mulund, Thane, Dombivali, Shahad, Neral, Kasara on the Central Railway and GTB Nagar, Chembur, Govandi, Mankhurd on Harbour line. These stations are all set to even include feeding rooms for lactating mothers.  

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