In a move to empower women and instil a sense of confidence in them, the Haryana police has set up women police stations all the 21 districts of the state.
The formal launching of women police stations will be held on August 28, on the eve of Raksha Bandhan festival.
As per 2014 National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) statistics, Haryana recorded 8,974 incidents of crime committed against women and its percentage contribution to the national data was 2.7 %, the highest in the region. The neighbouring Punjab recorded 5,425 incidents with a percentage contribution of 1.6 %.
Haryana director general of police Yash Pal Singhal said on Wednesday said that these police stations would be functional in the entire state on August 29. While chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar would inaugurate the women police station at Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula, other police stations would be inaugurated by Union ministers, state cabinet ministers, ministers of state and chief parliamentary secretaries.
Singhal said the women staff to be posted in each of these 21 police stations had been fully trained and legally empowered to exercise powers. Each police station would have a minimum strength of 38 to 40 woman cops, including a station house officer (SHO) of the inspector rank, two sub-inspectors, three assistant sub-inspectors, four head constables and 20 constables, besides supporting staff of 8 to 10 selected male police officials for assistance of the SHO for conducting raids and producing accused in the courts.
Each police station would also have a mediation centre to undertake matrimonial disputes and office of protection-cum-prohibition officer who would handle dowry-cum-domestic violence cases. The women helpline 1091 would also work from the police station. Mahila rapid action force would also be stationed in the premises of police stations wherever accommodation was available.
Singhal said it would be department's priority to provide office space to the woman DSP in the premises of the woman police station.
He said that the inspectors general (IGs) of police and commissioners of police (CPs) would periodically visit the women police stations to see to it that these were functioning properly.
To a question on the crime spots at far-off places in a district, Singhal said that the complainants had the liberty to report the cases either at the nearest police station or the women police station.
To another question pertaining to the absence of adequate number of woman police constables and officers, Singhal admitted that there was a shortage and added that required recruitments would soon be done. "Currently, the police force has only about 6% women strength which we would soon increase to 10%,'' he said.