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Railway to recruit homeguards for women’ security

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court was Friday informed by the Railway department that it is likely to recruit 300 homeguards out of which 150 would be females to be deployed inside ladies compartments in suburban trains for security.

Advocate Suresh Kumar, appearing for the railways, said the Central government as an ad-hoc arrangement will b"Out of the 300, 150 will be female officials and they would be deployed at railway stations and inside compartments for safety and security of lady commuters," Kumar said.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi was hearing a suo-moto public interest litigation based on a newspaper report which alleged that the Government Railway Police (GRP) had refused to register the complaint of a 25-year-old woman who was molested in a local train in the wee hours on June 19.

Kumar added that the process of recruitment would be finalised within two weeks and an affidavit would be filed. The case has been adjourned for two weeks.
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Additional government pleader Rajesh Behere told the court that the inquiry initiated against the two GRP officers who turned away the victim has been completed.
"The inquiry conducted by an additional commissioner of police (ACP) is over and an order has been passed to stop their increment for a year," Behere said.

The court had on the last hearing asked the railways to consider recruiting more personnel considering the increase in number of sexual harassment cases at railway stations and trains.

Source - Zee news

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