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Special cell for women cops’ grievances in Lucknow

Rohit K Singh, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, October 04, 2013
First Published: 09:49 IST(4/10/2013) | Last Updated: 09:55 IST(4/10/2013)

Recent incidents of sexual harassment of women cops have prompted the city police to address their grievances on priority basis.

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In the first step of its kind, senior superintendent of police J Ravinder Goud has set up a cell where aggrieved women in the police force could register their complaints and issues to the nodal officer.

Deputy superintendent of Police (DySP), Babita Singh, has been made nodal officer of the cell.

The first meeting of the cell was conducted last week where women cops openly shared their issues and discussed their problems. Two backto-back incidents of sexual harassment reported against women constables by senior police officers were reported recently this month.

“The cell has been formed with an intent to provide a proper platfor m to women police personnel- be it constables, head constables or subinspectors- where they could register their complaints without any hesitation. They can share their problems during the monthly meeting of the cell or they can personally approach me directly in my office,” says Babita Singh.

“The women police personnel could even complaint the matter of harassment and sexual harassment at t he work place. The case would be properly probed and the senior authorities would be informed about it for stern action if allegations are found to be true,” she added.

She said the cell was formed with the aim to maintain discipline in the force. Sharing the details of the first meeting, Babita Singh told Hindustan Times, many women cops turned up at the meeting conducted at the reserve police lines last week.

She said the most common problem these women were facing was of having no personal room and separate toilets at police stations.

She said, “We are preparing a proposal for at least one room with an attached toilet for women personnel at every police station. By the time the proposal gets clearance from higher authorities of the state, the city police has planned to construct rooms at two or three police stations of rural areas on priority basis to facilitate the women cops at these stations.”

Singh said women cops also face problem in performing duty during night hours and at police stations located on the outskirts of cities.

“I had discussed these issues with the senior authorities and some solution would be found out soon,” she added.

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