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Posted: Nov 17 2016 (21:54)

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Nov 17 2016 (15:25)   Why this CUSAT research scholar called for help throughout a train trip to Ernakulam

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ERNAKULAM: A research scholar from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, who on Monday night took a train from Katpadi in Tamil Nadu to Ernakulam, has alleged that Tamil Nadu Railway Protection Force (RPF) officers didn't help her change her berth when she felt uncomfortable in the company of her male co-passengers.
"Your safety in the train is just your responsibility. No officials, no helplines will take care," Anoopa Narayan wrote with obvious sarcasm in a Facebook post, in which she penned an exhaustive account of her experience aboard Suvidha Express (02853). The post contains the hashtag #MyTrainStory, which the Railway ministry in August said travellers could use to share their experiences.
said she filed a complaint about her ordeal, the mere memory of which leaves her "shivering."
She explained that the men around her seat reeked of alcohol and cigarette smoke, and stared at her when she arrived. But she couldn't have sat in her own berth even if she'd wanted to (although she had a confirmed ticket), for it was already occupied when she boarded.
The man who was in it, Anoopa said, shouted "bad words" when she attempted to speak to him.
And she couldn't appeal to the train's Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) for help, for there wasn't one - at least, not until the train reached its destination.
"It was horrible to hear that there is no mechanisms to deal woman safety issues within the train," she said in her post.
After moving to a berth near "the only family passengers in that compartment," Anoopa starting called helplines, including women's safety helplines.
RPF officers who boarded the train in Jolarpettai said all they could do was clear her own berth. She was "crying and pleading" with them to help her change her birth, but in vain, she said.
RPF in Erode didn't help either, she explained. Awake "with stress and fear," Anoopa asked them to let her stay where the family was.
"I...(told) them that the family nearby will get down in Coimbtore, and (that) I will be the only women passenger in the train. They were not concerned...(for)..my safety, but instead were so eager to make me sign...the passenger feedback form. Despite...my requests, they left," she said.
So, after the family left, Anoopa spent the remaining three hours of her journey "all alone in a train compartment in the early morning...with (the) smell of cigarettes and drinks."
"If railways who charged me Rs.1255/- with dynamic pricing, cant even ensure me the confirmed berth, then what...(are) these officials meant for? If railways can't ensure the safety of a woman who pleaded for their help throughout journey (10 hours), then why do they investment crores in women security initiatives?" she asked.
The only silver lining was the response of the Kerala RPF, who Anoopa said called her many times during her journey to see how she was doing. But since the only stop in Kerala was the final destination - Ernakulm - they could only provide her with "moral support."

Nov 17 2016 (21:54)
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Quite sad to see this state of affairs. It is quite shocking that there is no TTE to man the coaches. The passenger unfortunately boarded the wrong train. Trains bound from East to South should never be considered for sleeper travel. It was quite brave of her to take this trip

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