After years, women cops finally get clean facilities

India on 20 June 2014
Location : Pune | Source : Pune Mirror. Image Source: Pune Mirror

To ensure that the city's 2,000- odd policewomen have access to separate and safe restroom facilities in police stations, the Rotary Club of Pune, NIBM, has taken up the task of building infrastructure for women police (IWP) in the city.

On Wednesday, the first IWP, a retiring room with four beds, mirror, wardrobe, lockers and an attached toilet, with shower facility, was inaugurated at the Kondhwa Police Station. For years, women cops in the city have been demanding basic facilities, including separate toilets in police stations. "Women-only changing rooms and restrooms at police stations are the need of the hour.

At several police chowkies, we have to share the toilets with our male colleagues. But now, we need not worry about hygiene, which has been the main concern till date," said a woman constable at Kondhwa Police Station. Buoyed by Rotary Club's gestures, a woman Police Sub Inspector said, "We hope that our demands for fixed working hours will also be met now."

Rotary Club's District Governor Dr Deepak Shikarpur told Mirror, "More women are joining the police force but little effort is been made for their health and sanitation needs. To tackle the lack of proper facilities, we are building restrooms for women cops and are in touch with senior police officers.

We will replicate this IWP in other police stations of the city. While the police personnel are busy performing their duties, we will ensure that they are also healthy and happy."

Saying that IWP will inspire young girls to join the police force, Kondhwa Police Station in-charge Senior Police Inspector Rajendra Mokashi said, "IWP will provide female police officers a work atmosphere that respects their privacy and dignity."

When contacted Additional Commissioner of Police (Administration) Abdur Rahman said, "We have provided separate rooms for women cops at many police stations.

We have proposals to build separate rooms and toilets at all police stations, but due to lack of space such facilities cannot be provided."

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