More women are coming forward to join the police force. Statistics revealed that the recruitment of women in the constabulary has been on the rise for the last five years. From 360 women [nine per cent] in 2005, it went up to 1,048, which is 26 per cent, during this year’s recruitment drive.
Sources in the office of the director general of police said last year, only 10 per cent women were inducted into the force, leaving 20 per cent vacancies.
This year, out of the 3,586 constables inducted, 1048 were women. In 2008, out of 3,987 constables selected only 400 were women. The number is nowhere close to the quota earmarked for women in the force.
The state government prescribes that women officers should comprise 30 per cent of the force but the in a force of more than 2 lakh, only 4.5 per cent are women. There are 14,000 posts for women in the Mumbai police force, but only 4,000 female personnel are on the job.
“Policewomen can play a major role in social change,” said Amitabh Gupta, additional commissioner of police (west region), who had conducted the recruitment drive in 2008.
“Over the years, participation of women has considerably increased but the numbers do not even complete the reservation quota.”
An officer requesting anonymity said women have been reluctant to join the police force because of the impression that the job is very stressful and time consuming.
The police department has now introduced various promotional measures to attract more women to the force.
Last year, the department had involved the State Women’s Commission to organise camps in schools and colleges where special sessions were held to dispel misconceptions about women’s participation in the police force.
Several other schemes are in the pipeline. “It is due to our concentrated efforts this year that the turnout of women has been so high. We are sure that in the coming years we will be able to increase this number,” said the state’s Director General of Police D. Sivanandhan.
“For the past three years, I have tried hard to motivate more women and also people from the minority communities to join the police force. This was done not only for completing the 30 per cent quota but also because there was a shortage of women in the force,” said Sivanandhan.