New Delhi: More than 8,600 males travelling illegally in 'women only' coaches of the Delhi Metro were nabbed and de-boarded this year, an official data has revealed.
These males, across various age groups, were apprehended by the officials and special squads of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) during this year, barring the month of December.
A total of 8,666 male passengers, between the months of January-November, were apprehended from the all-women coaches of Delhi Metro which is quiet lower from the last year figures of 15,243 under the same category.
"The figures, it is felt, have come down this year due to an increased vigil and generation of mass awareness against this practise by various agencies working to secure the Delhi Metro.
"It is expected that the figures for December would be about 500 more male passengers which will stand much below than the last years' for this offence," a senior official said.
The CISF, after nabbing the offenders, hands them over to the local police and they are fined Rs 250 under section 64 (1) of the Delhi Metro Railway (Operations and Maintenance) Act, 2000.
The security force, over the last few years, has intensified its checks and patrols in its coaches and its men and women personnel travel inside these earmarked spaces in uniform or in mufti to catch the offenders.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) keeps one one coach reserved for women passengers each train.
Recently, the CISF has trained and deployed a special Filipino martial-art trained 'Kali commando' women squad of who are tasked to carry out special checks and operations against such elements who travel in women coaches or pose trouble to female commuters.
These women are trained in the martial-art form of 'Pekiti-Tirsia Kali' under which they are trained to tactically use common objects worn on the body like pen, hairpin, cap, belt, shoe laces, keys and sandals as deadly weapons to take on rogue elements.
The CISF is the designated nodal force for securing the Delhi Metro network, platforms and rail coaches in the 134 Metro stations in the national capital region which includes Delhi and its neighbouring cities like Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad and Gurgaon.