Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is kept under the vigilance of The Central Industrial Security Force, will now allow women commuters to carry knives in metro trains. The decision was taken considering the safety of the women.
A senior CISF officer was quoted as saying that small knives were not a threat to security. “Women will now be permitted to carry knives that are less than four inches long. We realised that small knives are not a threat to security but required by women for their protection,” he said. Senior CISF officials have said that the step was taken in October 2016 after a review meeting.
Keeping the inconvenience of other passengers in mind, the CISF has also decided to allow lighters and matchboxes in metro trains. However, reports suggest that one passenger will be allowed to carry only one lighter or matchbox.
Reports suggest that the decision was taken after labourers complained of inconvenience while travelling in metros. The CISF will also maintain a register of the tools so that their owners can be reached, if required.