They are out to get you. Dressed in crisp white uniforms and blue berets, they are the new enforcers of traffic laws in the city.
One of them is 26-year-old Neetu Singh. She joined Delhi Police in 2009 and was posted with the traffic unit in December.
She was not the only one.
About 300 women were recruited by the Delhi Traffic Police in December 2009. The duty of traffic policemen is considered to be a “tough” and “strenuous” one. For all these years, there were only 50 women posted with the traffic unit. The entire Delhi Police has 7,000 policewomen.
“In police parlance, there is no distinction between man and woman. Once you have joined the police force, every one is expected to carry out their duty with same efficiency. There was a large induction of women constables last year, so all the units benefited,” said Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic).
According to police records, around 900 policewomen
were inducted in the Delhi Police force in 2009.
“I always wanted to join the police. I was given this posting in December. Till now I have not faced any problems. It is a tough job but I enjoy it. I have a little daughter at home but it is manageable,” said Singh, a constable, whose husband works in a bank.
Most of the traffic policewomen are posted in less sensitive districts like New Delhi, central and south Delhi. The New Delhi district that houses Parliament of India, Supreme Court of India and other strategic establishments, presently has more than 70 traffic policewomen posted in the district.
“These policewomen are primarily posted in the Lutyens zone, central Delhi and some areas of south Delhi. Compared to the outskirts of Delhi these areas are relatively more suitable to policewomen,” said a senior police officer.
At present, guided by their seniors, all these women man traffic junctions.
“Right now, they have been attached with two-three other policemen. Once they learn their job we will put them on independent duty. They will man traffic intersection points alone,” said the officer.
“We have to sweat it out in the sun, but we don’t mind it. It is like any other job, we have to perform and bring erring vehicles to book,” said V Kamla, another traffic policewoman.