Indian Railways have now come up with a unique campaign to discourage people from trespassing along railway tracks. India’s western regional railways have deployed persons dressed up as “Yamraj” (Lord of Death) in the Hindu pantheon, to physically lift those violating the restrictions, as other means of awareness campaigns do not deter people from crossing railway tracks.
This Yamraj ji saves lives. He catches people who are endangering their lives by trespassing the railway tracks, but to save them. This Yamraj picks people to release them safely. Please do NOT cross tracks, it's dangerous. pic.twitter.com/PT81eYVajL— Western Railway (@WesternRly) November 7, 2019
अनाधिकृत रूप से पटरी पार ना करें, यह जानलेवा हो सकता है ।— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) November 7, 2019
अगर आप अनाधिकृत तरीक़े से पटरी को पार करते हैं तो सामने यमराज खड़े हैं ।
मुंबई में पश्चिम रेलवे द्वारा आरपीएफ के साथ मिलकर 'यमराज' के कैरेक्टर के माध्यम से लोगों को जागरूक किया जा रहा है। pic.twitter.com/UM5O5OYQIR
A campaign on social media by the federal Ministry of Railways in Hindi reads, “Do not cross the tracks. If you cross railway tracks, 'Yamraj', meaning death is waiting for you on the other side".
Besides these physical interventions to deter people crossing railway tracks, Indian Railways have also launched a series of campaigns on social media on safety and security at railway stations and on trains.
यात्रियों से अनुरोध है कि चलती गाड़ी में चढ़ने या उतरने का प्रयास ना करें यह जानलेवा हो सकता है ।— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) November 8, 2019
कृपया जल्दबाजी न करें, गाड़ी के रुकने का इंतजार करें । pic.twitter.com/JYsGeXjFbB
In July this year, 16 people lost their lives in separate mishaps on Mumbai’s suburban network, the highest number of fatalities recorded in a single day.
Indian Railways' network is the fourth largest in the world after the United States, China, and Russia with a network of over 68,000 kilometres across the length and breadth of the country.
While accident rates on railways have come down drastically, deaths due to negligence is still a major concern. According to the Railway Act, a train has the right of way on its track and anything that comes in the way is trespassing or an obstruction.