Late Indian pax trains cause security concerns for women

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    Creating a major hassle for passengers, especially the womenfolk, the Ernakulam-Shoranur passenger train has been operating nearly an hour late on most days.

    The passenger service had gained notoriety when 23-year old Soumya was dragged out of its women’s compartment and killed in 2011. Ever since the implementation of the revised timings in June, the train is once again becoming a nightmare to the women passengers as it reaches their destination only after 9.30 pm on most days.

    “Earlier the timing was passenger-friendly. However, as per the new timings, the train is supposed to leave Ernakulam Junction by 6.05 pm and reach Edappally at 6.21 pm. However, on most days, the train reaches the station only at 6.45 pm. It is unnecessarily halted for more than five to ten minutes at Kalamassery, Aluva and Angamaly railway stations,” said Manikandan, a railway passenger.

    According to the passengers, by the time the train reaches Shoranur railway station, it is well past 9.30 pm. “Many-a-time, women passengers are forced to sleep over night at their friends’ home.

    Also, some of the women passengers complained that they are being subject to their family’s ire and concern. Women are forced to stand outside the Shoranur bus stand at odd hours of the night. If the railways does not address our concern seriously, we will be forced to resort to protests,” the commuters said.

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