KSRTC and Kerala Police to play messages on women safety
Every other day, there are stories of men harassing women passengers on public transport. Moreover, with rise in such incidents, many women were thinking twice before travelling alone. But now, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will soon play safety messages for women passengers, especially lone ones who are travelling long distances in buses.
The corporation confirms that there have been complaints registered by women passengers, especially by those who travel alone on night buses, of sexual harassment by male passengers.
If a complaint received from a woman passenger, the KSRTC Bus Conductor should inform the 24×7 KSRTC Control Room via 0471 – 2463799/ 9447071021.
Kerala police introduced ‘Pink Beat’ patrol for enhancing the safety for women and children in public places. The Pink Beat includes specially trained women police personnel. These police personnel will patrol on KSRTC and private stage carriers and will be present at bus stops, schools, colleges and other public places. They will assist women, children and senior citizens travelling on buses. The Pink Patrol team will operate under the supervision of District Police Chief.
The role of these police personnel are
- Ensure the reserved seats in KSRTC or private buses for women and physically challenged are not misused by the general public
- Shutting down any avenue of eve –teasing or molestation threats
- Assist children and passengers with physical disabilities to reach their destination.
Contact Numbers of Kerala Police Women Cells
|Women Cell||STD||Office Number||VPN||Mobile Number|
|SP Women Cell||0471||2338100||94979 96992||[email protected]|
|Thiruvananthapuram City||1091||9995399953||[email protected]|
|Thiruvananthapuram Rural||0471||2418277/1091||[email protected]|
|Idukki (Thodupuzha)||04862||229100/1091||[email protected]|
|Idukki (Kattappana)||1091||9497932403||[email protected]|
|Ernakulam City||0484||2356044/1091||[email protected]|
|Ernakulam Rural||0484||2623399/1091||9495000100||[email protected]|
|Kozhikode Rural||0496||2517767/1091||[email protected]|
|Kozhikode City||0495||2724070/2724143/ 1091||[email protected]|
The Patrol car have been equipped with GPS tracking devices as well as cameras installed on the front and rear sides of the vehicles. The camera sends continuous visuals to the control room. An officer from control room can inspect these visuals in real time and deploy additional forces to various areas whenever necessary. These patrol vehicle will be led by a women police officer and will have two other women police personnel. The patrol will be deployed in areas that have high presence of women and will function from 8 am to 8 pm.
These personnel is not just monitor the insides of the crowded public buses for misuse and hassle, but also look out for anti-social activities at bus stops, schools and other prime target areas.