With over 350 female cops, Ludhiana, Jagraon and Khanna, police have not been able to ensure complete safety to women in the city. Lack of patrolling after 7pm by women PCR and Women Armed Special Protection Squad (WASPS) due to less staff has left the females working in different commercial establishments vulnerable to various threats.
Though police authorities have ensured presence of PCR in front of educational institutes during morning and afternoon, the overall condition at all three places cannot be considered as better for working females and students.
Duty of a total of 19 teams of women PCR in Ludhiana starts from 8am and goes on till 7pm. Female PCR are sent off duty after 7pm due to their own safety reasons as cases had taken place in the past in which these female cops had faced harassment.
But, there are no female PCR at Jagraon and Khanna. However, Jagraon police authorities are making efforts to launch female PCR, but no such initiative has been taken by the Khanna police so far.
Even the Ludhiana police commissionerate that has a total of 3,000 have been able to provide patrolling and deployment of its men only at the educational institutes with rare 'Nakas' only on main roads.
There are a total of 19 women PCR teams in Ludhiana that have been deployed the duty to patrol city roads. Women cops are also deployed in front of educational institutions on rotation basis, so that all institutes are covered. There are around 300 female cops in Ludhiana. Complaints related to harassment and other issues of women are taken seriously by the police.
Naveen Singla, deputy commissioner of police, Ludhiana
Being a rural area, there are no female PCR at Jagraon. However, I am making efforts through regular communication with the higher authorities that female PCR teams should be provided even at Jagraon. Women constables are deployed at different educational institutes during morning and afternoon times.
Ravcharan Singh Brar, senior superintendent of police, Ludhiana rural
There are no women PCR in Khanna, but extra patrolling is done outside educational institutes, so that nobody create ruckus. In a recent meeting with the SHOs of police stations in our area, it was learnt that there are no night shifts of women in factories. On the other hand, cases are registered immediately on complaints of women in any case.
Gurpreet Singh Gill, senior superintendent of police, Khanna