A 25-member strong team of RPF led by DG RPF Manoj Yadava participated in the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon 2023 to promote the cause of safe and secure travel on trains for women. Apart from DG RPF, the team included 01 DIG rank officer, 02 SP rank officers, 01 DSP rank officer, 02 Inspectors, 01 SI, 02 Head Constables and 15 Constables. The objective behind the run was to create public awareness about various initiatives of RPF aimed at promoting women’s safety and security on the Indian Railways network. In particular, attention was focused on “Meri Saheli” initiative.
The participant runners from Railway Protection Force, Mallikarjun Parde and Vinita Pal have bagged 4th and 5th position in their respective age categories in the half marathon.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) working under the Ministry of Railways, has been diligently working to enhance the safety of women railway passengers. The “Meri Saheli” teams, operating across India’s vast railway network, have been offering assistance and security to countless women traveling alone on long-distance trains. With about 9% of RPF’s personnel comprising women, they work side by side with their male counterparts to ensure women’s safety on trains and within railway premises.
To raise public awareness and garner cooperation, the RPF team had participated in the Delhi Half Marathon on 15th October 2023, going the extra mile for this noble cause. Comprising a 25-member strong team from different parts of India and various ranks, from the Director General to Constables, the team represented the pan-Indian character of the RPF. This team also included four women RPF personnel hailing from Punjab, West Bengal, and Maharashtra, serving as representatives of RPF Narishakti. Along the marathon route, RPF personnel engaged with the public, displayed banners, and distributed pamphlets to spotlight women’s safety on railways and seek support from all stakeholders to bolster this cause.