According to findings of a survey on sexual harassment and safety of women at railway stations, more than 60 percent female commuters travelling on Mumbai s suburban trains complained of unwanted touch by strangers. Keeping that in mind, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Mumbai Central, has launched a new mobile application called EyeWatch Railways for the security of women commuters on the Western line. The app has been launched for women commuters travelling on the route between Churchgate and Borivali. Also Read - Warning! Delete these 20 malicious apps immediately promising Minecraft modsAlso Read - 5 best Yoga apps for iOS in 2021: Use these apps and start your journey to fitness
The app is available for both iOS and Android users under the name ‘Eyewatch Women’. The app comes with a panic button and 60-second video recording, which at the time of emergency is sent to the RPF personnel, and the emergency contacts that the users have saved at the time of signing up for the app.
The app was launched back in February on trial basis, and now has launched successfully for the entire Mumbai suburban section. In case a woman on a local train feels threatened, she can tap the SOS button, and an audio and video and the location of the woman will be sent to the control room and the selected emergency numbers. ALSO READ: Here are the five utility apps for women
Apart from that, the app also features multiple alerts calls like medical, security, travel and sexual harassment. The alert consists of GPS location and a URL, which can be tapped and used for tracking the person in real-time. In case the panic alert is turned off, the emergency contacts and RPF team will get another alert as to whether it was a false alarm or whether the user has now marked herself as safe. The app also has features like auto-call connect, and location update which will help the RPF track the person in real-time.
“We have worked on improving this smartphone app for a few months to customise it as per commuters’ needs. The commuters needs to enter her phone number for registration. We can also identify the location of the phone and send help accordingly,” said chief security commissioner Udai Shukla, RPF (WR) told ToI. ALSO READ: Panic button alone cannot help solve the issue of women s safety: IAMAI
Apart from Mumbai, RPF has launched the app in Gurgaon, Nasik, Amravati, Nagpur, Bagalkot, State of Goa and State of Uttar Pradesh (launched as Shakti 1090) to name a few. There are about 1,486 cameras on Western Railway that are monitored by the RPF. There’s also an active WhatsApp group called Sakhi where members are RPF women personnels, and female commuters travelling regularly on the suburban section. Apart from that, the Western Railway has a 24×7 helpline number, 182, that allows women’s to lodge their complaints to seek assistance.
According to a report, between January and August 2017, RPF caught more than 10,700 men travelling in the ladies compartment out of which ninety-seven percent have been convicted, and a total of Rs 25.5 lakh realized in fines.