Civil society pitches for posting female cops in police stations

SHAFAQ SHAH
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 24 2017 12:30AM | Updated Date: Nov 24 2017 12:30AM
Civil society pitches for posting female cops in police stationsFile Photo

Amid rise in cases of domestic violence, civil society members here today stressed on the need of having female cops in police stations.

In a workshop organized with police on gender issues by Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) in collaboration with Kashmir Women’s Collective (KWC), lawyers, and social activists, who were part of the workshop, spoke about the harassment they faced in their lives and how the police refused to lodge FIR’s in the cases pertaining to women.

Nighat Shafi, a social activist, asked police to be “kind to women, as they are over-burdened with the daily to daily life. “When a woman goes to a police station for lodge a complaint, people raise questions. But this approach should change; women should come forward and speak about their sufferings.”

Admitting that there are fewer women constables in police stations, SDPO Kothibagh, Imran Farooq said, “there are not enough women cops in police stations. The National Crime Report Bureau (NCRB) says that there are only 6.5 percent women cops working in police stations throughout India. But, despite that the conviction rate is still 26.5 percent in such cases.”

A lawyer, however, while taking a dig at police in dealing with women centric issues said, “the para legal volunteers did try to go to police stations and handle women issues, but police doesn’t allow them to sit there and work. They tell them to mark their attendance and leave.”

The participants of the workshop that was attended by constables, munshis and other police officers, however, asked civil society and media to highlight the positives of the police as well.  

 

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