In an attempt to depict a society that is fast changing, Western Railways has changed the logo that was used to represent women coaches. The current logo which has a woman with a ghoonghat over her head is to be replaced with a woman in a formal suit. The ‘woman with ghoonghat’ logo marks all the female compartments currently. Not only will there be a change in the logo but the coaches will also have posters of inspirational women, like the badminton star Saina Nehwal, cricketer Mithali Raj, and astronaut Kalpana Chawla, along with their achievements. As of now12 coach rakes have been installed with the new logo while the rest will be remodelled in a few weeks.

Two months ago, WR General Manager AK Gupta was on a regular inspection when he felt that the logos and signage on the railway coaches need to be changed, keeping in view the changing times.

Two months ago, WR General Manager AK Gupta was on a regular inspection when he felt that the logos and signage on the railway coaches need to be changed, keeping in view the changing times. Proceeding forward to change the logos and signage, the officials also felt the picture of a woman wearing ghoonghat doesn’t really match the woman of today. Hence, the decision of replacing it with the woman wearing formal suit was taken.

Chief PRO of WR, Ravinder Bhakar, told Mumbai Mirror, “The idea was to adopt an icon that will do justice and represent today’s women in this city, who are independent and successful.” Now the task was to get designed a logo that can perfectly represent the modern woman, who is confident and independent and successful. For this, several images were designed by the internal team of railways, of which one with the suit and hands folded at the front was approved by the officials. This they felt, reflected the modern Indian woman.

Another change is the logo is its size. The logo has been made large enough to ensure that the commuters do not mistake it with the general compartment.  Those red diagonal strips representing the first class coaches have also been enhanced. Those coaches who are reserved for the senior citizen will be coloured as yellow.

Change of logo was not just the only steps taken by Western Railway but it has also installed ‘talk back’ facility in women’s compartments to ensure their safety as they travel. ‘Talk Back’ allows a woman to speak to the guard and motorman, in case an emergency takes place.

Other attempts by Western Railways to empower women and ensure their safety

Change of logo was not just the only steps taken by Western Railway but it has also installed ‘talk back’ facility in women’s compartments to ensure their safety as they travel. ‘Talk Back’ allows a woman to speak to the guard and motorman, in case an emergency takes place.

Western Railway had introduced the concept of ‘Talk Back’ first time in 2016 and was installed in only one train then. Later, in September 2018, the facility was proposed to be installed in other trains too. The system has been properly tested in one train and since no issues were encountered, the administration has decided to extend the concept to other trains as well. The facility will be installed at an approximate cost of Rs 8 crores. This system is similar to the ones available in the metro trains. CCTV cameras are also installed to ensure women’s safety. Moreover, the CCTV cameras will also ensure that no one misuses the facilities available.

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