In order to provide emotional support to women personnel living far away from their family, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has decided to provide accommodation to relatives visiting these women personnel. Space will be created near CISF’s barrack in east Delhi’s Shastri Park and female relatives will be allowed to stay in the facility.
Among the para military forces, CISF has the highest percentage of women personnel with most of them required for frisking duty at airports and Delhi Metro.
“On Women’s Day, I visited the barrack for female personnel in Shastri Park, where 450 women posted at Delhi Metro live. While listening to them, one of them narrated the incident that how her elder sister had visited her recently but she could not stay with her as the rule doesn’t allow an outsider to stay in the complex. Many other personnel complained about the same. I have directed the DIG of Delhi Metro to arrange a room where relatives of these women personnel can come and stay. They have come from far away and spending time with their relatives will help them perform better,” CISF DG OP Singh said.
About 450 women personnel stay at Shastri Park barrack, while another 150 stay at Akshardham. There are around 8,000 women personnel in CISF and the force is recruiting more personnel.
“We are adding 1,700 more women personnel this year and taking various steps to improve the environment. It is our duty to take care of our staff after what we have seen in recent times,” Singh added.
Women personnel of the force are trained in ‘Pekiti-Tirsia Kali’, a close quarter unarmed combat system against multiple opponents. The women commandos have been trained to tactically use common objects pen, hairpin, cap, belt, shoe laces, keys and sandals as deadly weapons to take on rogue elements.
“These women have been given training in this special martial art as this ensures less harm to the suspect and he or she is neutralised quickly. In sensitive cases, we need the suspect alive so that he can be interrogated for further leads,” said a CISF official.