Delhi, 7 Jan: The CISF, body to ensure security in Delhi Metro has decided to allow women commuters to carry small knives for their self-defence.
The decision has been taken to ensure a safety of women by allowing women keep these items as weapons of self-defence.
Now as per this move, small knives, lighters and matchboxes are off the restricted items list for Metro travel in Delhi.
The decision was taken by the CISF in the view of thousands of these articles piling up at its depot in Shastri Park, an official of the force said.
Though the items have never been counted, CISF officials said 100-odd lighters and matchboxes are seized on an average daily at present at different stations.
“Apart from one lighter and one matchbox per passenger, we have also allowed passengers to carry tools. We received several requests as labourers travel by metro and carry tools for work,” a CISF official said.
“However, we examine the tools and make an entry in a register so that the passenger can be traced if needed,” he added. This practice is followed in the case of passengers of certain faiths, who are allowed to carry certain items, the official lamented.
Incidentally, a CISF report in December last year informed that 91 per cent of the pickpockets held last year in the Delhi Metro were found to be women. It was 93 per cent the previous year.
The CISF data also raises a question about the security of other commuters as these pickpockets would also be allowed to carry small knives in the Delhi Metro.