The Uttarakhand police will induct 1000 women constables and 150 sub-inspectors in a mass recruitment drive, a move officials say will help speed up investigation in women and juvenile related crimes.
The police have called for applications from interested candidates by March 1, 2016.
The state now has 1,390 women constables and 152 sub-inspectors in the civil police.
Women sub-inspectors constitute barely 10% of the civil police force, a figure which is set to go up to 20% after the fresh recruitments are made. Similarly, the share of women constables will increase from the current 12% to 21% of the total force.
The move will also ensure the deployment of at least one woman sub-inspector in each police station and outpost, said director general of police BS Sidhu.
“There is an acute shortage of women in civil police. We want every police station to have at least one lady sub-inspector to speed up investigation in women-related crime cases,” Sidhu said.
According to the police, there are around 152 police stations, 138 outposts and 92 reporting outposts in the state. So, the mass recruitment will lead to a proportionate distribution of women constables and sub-inspectors across the 13 districts, officials hope.
“However, according to the prescribed policing norms, there should be at least 30% of women in the total police force. So, we’ll still have to do a lot more to bring up the numbers to the standard prescribed norms,” Sidhu said.
The proposal to hold a mass-recruitment of women cops took more than a year to be cleared from various government departments despite chief minister Harish Rawat making repeated announcements about the same.
Women right activists welcomed the move but raised doubts on its effect. “The mass recruitment will indeed make the police force more gender-inclusive, but what about preventive policing? The government needs to pay urgent attention towards that,” said a member of the Uttarakhand state commission for women, who did not wish to be named.
Heera Jangpangi, a women right activist, recalled how Uttarakhand was the first state in the country to have a woman DGP (Kanchan Chaudhry Bhattacharya). “Increasing the number of women in police is a commendable step but that alone would not help tackle crimes against women. Action needs to be taken in issues like non-filing of complaints by the police in crimes against women.”