The female population in Shimla can now approach the police without any hesitation to register any cases as the state will soon have its first all-woman police station in this capital town, which will deal specifically with crime against women.
In his budget speech, chief minister Virbhadra Singh had announced that two all-woman police stations in the state would be set up in the state -- one each in Shimla and Dharamsala.
The all-woman police stations are to be opened at these two places on a pilot basis and will be later replicated in others districts.
Many states across the country have come up with all-woman police stations as the Centre had been repeatedly telling states to open the same to ensure safety and security of women. The neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana have already opened all-woman police stations.
Shimla superintendent of police DW Negi confirmed that an all-woman police station would be set up soon in the capital town and said this is the need of the hour, with the crime against women on the rise.
"Ahead of the monsoon session, which will begin on August 6, the all-woman police station will be inaugurated in Shimla by the chief minister", he disclosed.
The police station, for the time being, will be opened at BCS. "We are providing the required staff, which will be around 16, and will be headed by the deputy superintendent of police (DSP)," he said.
Besides the DSP, others in the staff will include an inspector, two sub-inspectors, four head constables and eight constables.
The cases relating to women, falling under the five police stations in Shimla, namely Sadar police station, Boileuganj, New Shimla, Dhalli and Chotta Shimla, will be taken care by the all-woman police station.
Meanwhile, SP Kangra Kapil Sharma said that they had taken up the matter of setting up the all-woman police station with the authorities at the state police headquarters.
According to the state police records, the cases under crime against women have shown an increase in the past decade.
A total of 910 cases were registered in 2004 under crime against women, 874 each in 2005 and 2006, 1,132 in 2007, 1,104 in 2008, 1,083 in 2009, 1,112 in 2011, 1,024 in 2012, 1,596 in 2013 and the number of cases registered in 2014 till June 30 is 725
The crime against women includes cases of chain snatching, eve-teasing, molestation, murder, rape, dowry death, kidnapping, and abetment to suicide, cruelty to women, dowry and immoral trafficking.