Indian Railways enlists horned Hindu god of death to help keep trespassers away
India’s Western Railway, which serves Mumbai and many other large cities, enlisted the assistance of the Hindu god of death to patrol tracks and teach commuters never to risk their lives by jumping on tracks to save lots of time while crossing to some other platform.
The railway developed an innovative idea for a fresh safety awareness campaign and decked out a Railway Protection Force (RPF) officer as Yamraj, or Yamaraja (Lord Yama), a Hindu god of justice and death. He could be depicted in a helmet with buffalo horns usually. Armed with a normal blunt mace (gada), he began patrolling the tracks and confronting trespassers.
“Those that will cross the tracks, I will take them with me,” ‘Yamraj’ could possibly be heard saying in another of the videos published on social media marketing.
Western Railways is probably the busiest railway systems in the national country. A complete of 721 people died while walking on Western Railway tracks and the adjacent Central Railway tracks between January and could this season.
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The god of death has contributed to awareness campaigns during the past. In 2015, traffic policemen in the town of Ranchi in the northwestern Jharkhand State decked out because the deity to market road safety. Year last, traffic police in Bangalore employed Yamraj to instruct motorcyclists concerning the need for wearing helmets.