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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Patna, November 12, 2012
With an aim to showcase the 'human face' of Bihar police, a large number of women constables have been put up at important roundabouts of the state capital to man traffic.   Women police constables could be seen sweating it out at the traffic post at important intersections of Patna to ensure disciplined movement of vehicles.

"We have put 35 women traffic constables on duty at important crossings to control movement of vehicles," senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amrit Raj said.

The SSP said the purpose behind the step was to "showcase the human face of the state police". He said the number of women constables on traffic duty would be increased to 100 following the success of the experiment.

"This is a good example of women empowerment," the SSP added. While placing women on traffic duty is encouraging, the assignment brings a lot of challenges for the fair sex which could be seen shouting at errant drivers. The job becomes all the more difficult considering the fact that number of vehicles has gone up many times in the capital over the years.

According to statistics provided by the state transport department, there were more than 5 lakh small and big vehicles in Patna in 2011 which has a population of around 16.83 lakh.

A traffic policewoman Rita Devi said, "Initially I had some hesitation standing on busy roads in male uniform but with time now I don't feel awkward".