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2,000 women cops to come, 500 posts for men to go

India on 19 August 2013
Location : New Delhi, India | Source : Times of India. Image Source: Flickr User Flying Cloud

NEW DELHI: The ministry of home affairs has passed Delhi Police's proposal to induct 2,000 women in the force. The move will help Delhi Police meet the ministry's mandate of filling 25 per cent posts with women cops. Till two years ago, women constituted only 9-12 per cent of the police force.

Interestingly, the new induction will be made by scrapping 500 posts earlier reserved for men. So far, police have received 75,000 applications from women—35 per cent more than that last time.

According to the commissioner's office, the new recruits will also help the police in "magnetic policing." Police say, magnetic policing essentially means police will guard places frequented by women in the city, including business centres and malls. "We will watch out for men committing crimes against women and will nab the accused from the spot," a senior police officer said.

However, the Lok Sabha was informed on Monday that cases of women police personnel being molested and attacked in the national capital have been on the rise. According to the home minister, 14 female officers have been attacked and molested till July 31 which is equivalent to the number of such incidents reported between 2009 and 2012.

Minister of state for home affairs Mullappally Ramachandran told Lok Sabha 16 people have been arrested for involvement in such incidents. In 2010, four cases were registered which led to the arrest of four people. In 2011, three cases were reported for which six people were held. In 2012, seven such incidents took place and eight people were arrested, he said. Ramachandran said

Delhi Police has been working ceaselessly to ensure the safety of women and that immediate action has been taken on all cases reported to them.

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