Rising cases of crime in Indian Railways have now made common people in the country sceptical about choosing the mode of transport, which is the largest in the country as their first choice to travel. In yet another incident, a woman constable was found severely injured in a train at Ayodhya junction. Severely cut and bruised, the constable was rushed to the local hospital immediately, as per reports.
From the police constable shooting the passengers to the woman police constable being attacked inside the train, the alarming incidents and issues have clouded the railway experience across the country.
Woman Constable Found Severely Injured
On August 30, a woman head constable who hails from Prayagraj district was found lying in a pool of blood under the lower berth of the train compartment of Saryu Express. The constable was found in an unconscious state with a severe cut by a sharp object on her face and 2 skull fractures.
The incident came to light when passengers who boarded from Ayodhya Junction informed the Government Railway Police (GRP) about the woman found under a berth while the whole compartment was empty.
The injured police constable was then rushed to King George's Medical University (KGMU) hospital in Lucknow where she is undergoing treatment. The doctors informed the police that she is currently stable. However, when the investigating officers reached to visit the survivor, she was not in the state to give the statement.
The officer in charge of the case. Puja Yadav, Superintendent of Police (SP), Government Railway Police (GRP), Lucknow said that the assaulted constable was supposed to deboard at Ayodhya Junction for her duty at Saavan Mela and was travelling from her posting at Sultanpur district but had fallen asleep and reached Manakpur station. Yadav suspects the crime to have taken place between Manakpur to Ayodhya.
FIR in the case has been lodged by the survivor's brother. The SP denied that the case had any sexual assault angle yet. She claimed that forensic reports and medico-legal teams have yet not confirmed that the victim was sexually assaulted.
Legal Status Of The Case
While police are still investigating the motive behind the brutal attack, Allahabad High Court on September 3 took suo motu cognisance of the case and Chief Justice Pritinker Diwakar summoned a bench at his residence late at night around 8 pm along with Justice Ashutosh Shrivastava.
The two-judge constitutional bench pulled up the Uttar Pradesh Government and the Railway Police for the assaulted police constable and the bench slammed RPF for "failing in the discharge of its duties" and ordered GRP to submit a status report on the investigation on September 13 to the court.
The court also issued notice to the Centre, the Director General of RPF, the Uttar Pradesh Government, And the Ministry of Home And State Commission Of Women.
The court had ordered the hearing on September 4 at noon and asked the state counsel to present the case diary before the court along with investigating officer Puja Yadav present in the court.
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