Many of the women lawyers roped in by the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) are apprehensive about their new responsibility and say they themselves will have “limitations being a woman”.
According to the scheme, a woman lawyer has to be present at the police station at the time of a statement being recorded by victims of sexual assault.
In all, 35 women lawyers practicing in Gurgaon courts have been assigned duties at the 27 police stations in the district.
On Wednesday, when the final list of “consenting” lawyers was being drawn, several advocates were seen reaching out to senior officials asking for reprieve of one kind or another.
Madhu (name changed), who was assigned Udyog Vihar police station, wanted to be allotted some other police station as she was not comfortable going to the “industrial belt at odd hours”.
Similarly, a young lawyer wanted to be assigned Sector-29 police station as that way she would have to “meander through lesser traffic”.
“We have family constraints too. If a call comes from the police station, we will have to go — irrespective of the wishes of our elders,” said a woman lawyer empanelled for the legal aid scheme.
Another apprehension among the lawyers is about the possibility of getting prank and unsolicited calls once their names and phone numbers become public.
Another concern that a large number of women raised was about facing resistance from “police officers” as they are supposedly at loggerheads with lawyers.
DLSA secretary Narinder Kaur said the challenge was to first start the scheme and then sort out such issues.