New Delhi: Over 13,000 marshals have been appointed to ensure the safety of women in buses plying in the national capital, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday (October 28).

Speaking to reporters, Kejriwal said, "From tomorrow, a bus marshal will be deployed on every bus in the city. They will render security and assistance in case of medical emergencies. Over 13,000 bus marshals have been appointed, around 10% of which are women."

The chief minister also hailed the move by claiming that it was the "largest attempt in the world to ensure safety in buses".

"Delhi is the only city in the country where marshals have been appointed in buses to ensure the safety of women. CCTV camera and streetlights are also being installed across the city. Now, women will feel safer in Delhi," he added.

Kejriwal also mentioned that bus rides would be free for women in the city from tomorrow onward.

The chief minister had earlier said that ex-home guards would be appointed and deployed as marshals in every bus in the city to ensure the safety of women. He had said that the recruitment process would likely be completed before Diwali.