Women railway police to be assigned on children, ladies trains


PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, July 23 — Female police officers will be deployed to ensure the safety of passengers on board the newly-introduced trains for children and women.

Pol Gen Pirat Nasomwat, Railway Police Division commissioner, met police officers from Hua Hin Railway Police, Thung Song Police Station in Nakhon Si Thammrat and Hatyai Police Station in Songkhla today at the Hua Hin Municipality Office in Prachuap Khiri Khan to discuss adjusted rail security measures to tackle violence against children and women.

The meeting was in line with a project to improve the performance of railway police officers in crime prevention and control by providing knowledge about police practices, related laws and regulations to facilitate effective communication and fast response to emergencies.

According to Gen Pirat, railway police have tightened rail security to enhance safety for passengers, especially children and women, by closely monitoring drugs and crimes and deploying female police officers on the trains with compartments exclusively for children and women, introduced by the State Railway of Thailand, to prevent crimes and abuse.

The new passenger safety measures follow a recent case in which a 13-year-old girl was raped on a train by a railways employee and her body was thrown out a window of a Surat Thani to Bangkok train on July 8.