48 arrested for harassing women on Kolkata Metro

Kolkata A special task force, constituted by the Kolkata Metro Railway for nabbing those found harassing women commuters in Metro premises, has caught 48 offenders in its first week.

Headed by a woman, the 10-member task force comprises eight women and two men, said a Metro Railway spokesman.

It patrols the entire north-south metro corridor from the entrance to the exits and inside the trains as well.

"The task force is aided by sniffer dogs and police constables. Further we have established helplines where women can call if they are in distress. We are trying our best to provide a safe journey to women," said the spokesman.

Apart from the personnel, there are 333 CCTV cameras placed at vantage points.

"The number will go up to 602 in a few months and it will include night vision, high resolution cameras as well. Besides in the next two to three years, we plan to introduce AC trains with cameras inside them," said the spokesman.

Story First Published: January 29, 2013 22:53 IST

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