Nearly 1400 male passengers were arrested by the Railway Police Force (RPF) this year for travelling in ladies compartments across Northern Railway, a statement from the national transporter said today.
The RPF presently escorts 220 trains in the Northern Railway section. This year so far, 61211 people were arrested under different sections of the Railway Act and 1.5 crore worth fine has been collected from them.
"In the year 2018 (up to July), RPF apprehended 250 IPC criminals involved in passenger-related crime and handed them to GRP (government railway police)," the statement said.
"The Railway Minister has declared year 2018 as the year of "Women & Child Security". In this regard, Bhairavi and Virangna teams have been formed containing lady RPF staff. 1,384 male passengers travelling in ladies coach were arrested in the current year," it said.
Railway property worth Rs 25,52,101 was recovered with the arrest of 484 people under Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Act.
This year, up to July, 2137 children including 221 girls were rescued and handed over to different NGOs to re-unite with their families. RPF helpline number 182 is functioning 24X7 and provide security related assistance to passengers, the statement added.