Standing for 12-14 hours in Delhi’s weather with a battle gear that is 10-11 kilograms is no easy task. But standing for the same time without any food and water is even more difficult.
That is what the 800-odd women from Nagaland Police are facing on a daily basis.
Part of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), these new recruits fresh out of training school have been especially called to provide security cover at markets, bus stands and other public places during the Commonwealth Games.
Though they have never faced any problem from an average Delhiite, their experience with their own force has been taxing.
“Our duty starts from 8 am and ends at 9.30 in the night. We get food only when we return to our barracks. In the meantime, we survive on mineral water that we buy from our own pocket and sometimes tea,” said Chubarenla* (20), a constable with the IRB while adjusting her 1.5 metre long SLR carbine slung across her body.
She added that she had been trained to handle all kinds of assault rifles- AK-47's, Insas, Sten-carbines and pistols.
Delhi Police, who is supposed to take care of their food and lodging problems, said they were not aware about the issue.
"Their commandant is supposed to take care of them, but if this problem is there we will contact him and ask him to sort out the matter. As they are deployed on law and order duty, the Organising Committee (OC) will also not give them food," said B.S. Bola, deputy commissioner of police (1st Batallion), Delhi Armed Police, who is in charge of police forces called from outside Delhi.
On the lighter side, these tough policewomen are also attracting a lot of curiosity from Delhiites. "There are women and children who walk up to us and ask us to pose for a photograph with them. They also ask us about the details of the SLR guns we are carrying,” said Mhabeni* (21), who is posted at Connaught Place.
They said they learnt Hindi before coming to Delhi. The contingent is to return to Nagaland on October 15, a day after the closing ceremony.