The Pakistan Railways will introduce a “Safar Saheli” mobile application to facilitate women passengers travelling by train.
According to sources, a particular room in the Pakistan Railways Police IG office has been set up to operate the application.
PR CEO Farrukh Temor Ghilzai has constituted a committee to monitor the work on the app.
The committee members, including Divisional Commercial Officer Zeeshan Shehzad, DEE M Akbar Shah and DSTE Ali Nawab Khan, visited the room and checked preparations for the application.
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The committee vowed that the app would soon be activated and ensured the safety of women passengers after its launch.
Earlier this month, a woman travelling from Multan to Karachi via Bahauddin Zakariya Express was allegedly gang-raped by railway staff. Railway Police have arrested all three suspects involved in the heinous crime.
In her statement to the police, the victim said that when the train left Rohri Station, Zahid approached her, offering to give her a berth in an AC (air-conditioned) compartment.
The woman said the ticket-checker followed her to the compartment and sexually assaulted her while giving life threats to stay mum. Later, Aaqib and Zohaib also raped the helpless woman in the same compartment.
The incident had drawn anger from rights groups, activists and the public as most people called for stringent punishment for the culprits.