Mumbai: The Bombay High Court was Friday
informed by the Railway department that it is likely to
recruit 300 homeguards out of which 150 would be females to be
deployed inside ladies compartments in suburban trains for
Advocate Suresh Kumar, appearing for the railways, said the Central government as an ad-hoc arrangement will be recruiting 300 homeguard officials.
"Out of the 300, 150 will be female officials and they
would be deployed at railway stations and inside compartments
for safety and security of lady commuters," Kumar said.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice
Roshan Dalvi was hearing a suo-moto public interest litigation
based on a newspaper report which alleged that the Government
Railway Police (GRP) had refused to register the complaint of
a 25-year-old woman who was molested in a local train in the
wee hours on June 19.
Kumar added that the process of recruitment would be
finalised within two weeks and an affidavit would be filed.
The case has been adjourned for two weeks.
Additional government pleader Rajesh Behere told the
court that the inquiry initiated against the two GRP officers
who turned away the victim has been completed.
"The inquiry conducted by an additional commissioner of
police (ACP) is over and an order has been passed to stop
their increment for a year," Behere said.
The court had on the last hearing asked the railways to
consider recruiting more personnel considering the increase in
number of sexual harassment cases at railway stations and