Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Director General of Police (DGP) Lokanath Behera on Saturday directed all district police chiefs to handover duty of station house officers (SHO) to women police personnel on the occasion of International Women's Day, which will be celebrated worldwide on March 8.

"Maximum number of police stations will be managed by women SHOs on International Women's Day. In police stations without women SHOs, senior civil police officers will carry out the duty. They will interact with the public and will investigate the complaints received," said Kerala DGP in a directive.

Women commandos will be on duty at the chief minister's vehicle escort on International Women's Day. They will be assigned duties at the Cliff House, the official residence of the chief minister and at the chief minister's office in the North Block.

Meanwhile, Kerala Women and Child Development minister KK Shailaja informed that in a first, a train will be run entirely by women as part of International Women's Day.

"The Venad Express, which leaves Ernakulam at 10.15 am on March 8, will be run by women. Loco pilot, assistant loco pilot, pointsmen, gatekeeper and track woman are all women. Women will also manage the ticket booking office, information centre, signal, carriage and wagon. Women officers will be in charge of security Railway Protection Force," she said.

This train mission will be led by Southern Railway Thiruvananthapuram. The minister said that this is a matter of "great pride" for the state.

The women will take charge of Venad Express 16302 from Thiruvananthapuram to Shornur. A reception by Railways will also be arranged for the women employees of the train leaving Ernakulam South station at 10.15 am tomorrow.