The Indian Railways has issued guidelines to prevent crimes against women in trains and railway stations across India.

The guidelines recommend keeping watch on suspects, regular visits to vulnerable spots by duty officers and staff during their rounds.

The guidelines also recommended proper lighting arrangements in all vulnerable places in railway stations, demolishing of unattended abandoned structures, closure of unauthorized entries and exits and proper police verification of identity cards of staff engaged on a contractual basis engaged in services related to passengers.

Railway officials should install a surveillance system to prevent the movement of any unauthorized person in the yard and coaching depots where the coaches are stabled.

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Railway should also ensure that pornographic sites are not accessible through the internet service it provides to passengers.

The guidelines also recommended special drives to apprehend and prosecute persons consuming alcohol in railway stations and trains, strict action against any railway staff involved in crimes against women and follow up of any such crime to its logical conclusion.

The zonal railways and production units should act proactively to implement various other mechanisms to ensure safety of women in trains and stations.

The railway staff should be sensitized so that they can report any crime against women to the police.

The government railway police (GRP) and railway protection force (RPF) officials should also take prompt action on receiving any complaint of crime against women.

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