Delhi Police’s 70th Raising Day: Marches, medals and a little history

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Delhi police celebrated its 70th Raising Day with a ceremonial march at Kingsway Camp in New Delhi on February 16, 2017. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Delhi police celebrated its 70th Raising Day with a ceremonial march at Kingsway Camp in New Delhi on February 16, 2017. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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Minister of State Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, with Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik and other officers pose for a group photo at the 70th Delhi Police Raising Day. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Minister of State Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, with Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik and other officers pose for a group photo at the 70th Delhi Police Raising Day. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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Delhi Police personnel march during the Raising Day ceremony. The history of Delhi Police begins with the first Kotwal, Malik-ul-Umra Fakhruddin who was appointed in 1237 AD, with headquarters at Qila Rai Pithora in present-day Mehrauli. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Delhi Police personnel march during the Raising Day ceremony. The history of Delhi Police begins with the first Kotwal, Malik-ul-Umra Fakhruddin who was appointed in 1237 AD, with headquarters at Qila Rai Pithora in present-day Mehrauli. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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Minister of State Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, and Delhi Police commissioner, Amulya Patnaik, watch the parade. The system of appointed Kotwals ended in 1857, after the First War of Indian Independence. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Minister of State Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, and Delhi Police commissioner, Amulya Patnaik, watch the parade. The system of appointed Kotwals ended in 1857, after the First War of Indian Independence. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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The minister and commissioner of police present medals to officers. On February 16, 1948, DW Mehra was appointed as the first Inspector General of Police and hence the day is celebrated as Delhi Police’s Raising Day. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

The minister and commissioner of police present medals to officers. On February 16, 1948, DW Mehra was appointed as the first Inspector General of Police and hence the day is celebrated as Delhi Police’s Raising Day. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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The present police system was established by the British under the Police Act, 1861. The strength at that time was two Inspectors, 27 sub-Inspectors, 110 head constables, 985 foot constables and 28 sawars or mounted constables. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

The present police system was established by the British under the Police Act, 1861. The strength at that time was two Inspectors, 27 sub-Inspectors, 110 head constables, 985 foot constables and 28 sawars or mounted constables. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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In 1946, the police force was reorganised to handle the rise in crime and by 1951, the total strength of Delhi Police was 8,000. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

In 1946, the police force was reorganised to handle the rise in crime and by 1951, the total strength of Delhi Police was 8,000. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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Delhi police women commandos march during the event. While the number of women in the force is rising every year, there has not been a single female Commissioner of Police. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Delhi police women commandos march during the event. While the number of women in the force is rising every year, there has not been a single female Commissioner of Police. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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In 2015, a Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative report found that women made up only about 6% of the police forces in the country. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

In 2015, a Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative report found that women made up only about 6% of the police forces in the country. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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Delhi Police personnel rest after the parade. The total sanctioned strength of Delhi Police is around 84,500 but only close to 77,600 of these posts filled. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Delhi Police personnel rest after the parade. The total sanctioned strength of Delhi Police is around 84,500 but only close to 77,600 of these posts filled. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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A winner of president police medal takes a selfie with a relative during the event. Delhi Police has often struggled to shrug off its tag of apathy and corruption that it has come to be associated with. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

A winner of president police medal takes a selfie with a relative during the event. Delhi Police has often struggled to shrug off its tag of apathy and corruption that it has come to be associated with. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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The home ministry -- to which the Delhi Police reports -- is working on a cabinet note to get necessary approval for the creation of 15,000 to 20,000 new posts of constables, to further bolster the force. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

The home ministry -- to which the Delhi Police reports -- is working on a cabinet note to get necessary approval for the creation of 15,000 to 20,000 new posts of constables, to further bolster the force. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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