RPF Pune Division’s Tejaswini Squad To Raise Awareness On Safety of Women and Children

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By: Pune Pulse

August 22, 2023

Pune: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) Pune Division & Tejaswini squad have launched an awareness campaign regarding the security of women and children during travelling in trains.

As per information shared by Pune Railway Division, under the guidance of Indu Dubey, Divisional Railway Manager, Brijesh Kumar Singh, Additional Divisional Railway Manager & under the leadership of Uday Singh Pawar, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, the awareness programme has commenced in full swing. The campaign aims to create awareness about the Railway Helpline Number 139 and Divisional Security Control Room Number +91 – 72196 13777. It is worthy to note that the RPF, Pune Division is striving for working towards the protection of passengers, their belongings, the safety of railway property and the security of women and children.

Additionally, the Tejaswini squad consists of 1 Lady ASI Poonam Sharma and 2 Lady RPF staff which is monitored by Priti Kulkarni, Inspector of RPF, Hadapsar. The squad is escorting trains randomly from Pune to Lonavla and back. They also engage with the daily women commuters in trains like Deccan Express, Intercity Express, Sinhagad Express and daily local services are included. Also, a WhatsApp group has been created wherein daily women commuters along with the Inspector of RPF Pune, Shivajinagar, Hadapsar and Chinchwad are added. The WhatsApp group allows RPF to engage with the passengers which will assist in timely reporting of incidents to solve crimes and provide timely notifications of potential security concerns on trains.

Tejaswini Squad is providing the necessary security and confidence to lone women travellers alongside creating awareness about keeping their valuables safe while travelling, not travelling on the footboard of a train and declining to eat anything offered by unknown persons etc.

The campaign is launched to raise awareness about the helpline number so that the violence against women comes to an end. They want the women passengers to know that help is always available and if people see something different they should speak up. Women passengers need to know that this can make a difference.

Shreyas Vange