Shinde for sensitization of police towards women
Lady Cops To Be Compulsorily Deployed In All Police Stations
New Delhi, Jan 4: Shaken by the public outrage after brutal gang-rape of a young Delhi girl, the Home Ministry has decided to make Delhi Police more women friendly. In this regard, plans are afoot to launch a special drive to recruit women personnel.
Unveiling the plan, Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde disclosed on Friday that directions have already been issued to ensure that one woman officer is posted in each of the 166 police stations of Delhi.
The strength of women police officers (of additional sub-inspector rank and above) in Delhi is 974 which is much higher than the sanctioned strength of 646 officers. However, a majority of these women officers are deployed in non-police station postings.
In order to correct this anomaly, the home ministry has now suggested that Delhi Police focus more on posting women in police stations. This is expected to instill confidence among people to report crimes against women.
"I have directed the Delhi Police to launch a special drive for recruiting women. We will hire more women in the Delhi Police," Shinde said at the end of day-long conference of the state chief secretaries and DGPs.
"Every police station should have women police personnel. I have also suggested that each of the 166 police stations in Delhi should have at least one woman police officer. But we do not have that many police officers. But I told them whatever possible should be deployed till we recruit more women," he added.
On sensitization of the force, sources said henceforth investigating officers will have to strictly follow the rule. They would not be permitted to call a woman victim/accused to the police station during night hours and recording of her statement would be done the presence of her family members.
Earlier, addressing the conference, Shinde today said that there is lack of training and sensitisation of police in dealing with crimes against women. "It is unacceptable that women in our societies live in fear. The responsibility lies with the government." He also said that while tougher laws are needed as a deterrent against crimes against women, the main problem is that existing laws are not implemented. He said that all suggestions sent by political parties would be considered by the government in drafting a new anti-rape law.
Minister for Women and Child Welfare Krishna Tirath said that rapes must be punishable by death in rarest of rare cases, and that chemical castration, suggested by some other leaders, is not practical because it requires constant monitoring.
The government has appointed a committee of legal experts headed by retired Supreme Court judge JS Verma to review criminal laws and consider enhanced punishment for rape and other crimes of sexual assault. The committee's report will be ready in a month, after which the government wants to present it in parliament for debate and review.
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