High court for 50% women cops in Delhi Police

India on 04 October 2013
Location : New Delhi, India | Source : Times of India. Image Source: Flickr User Edson Walker

NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Thursday asked the Centre why 50% of personnel in Delhi Police can't be women, given the increasing number of crimes against women in the city.

Unhappy with the thin presence of women in the police force, a bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Manmohan observed, "Knowing well what incidents are happening in the city, at least 50% of the posts should be filled by women personnel." Referring to a police report giving details about the total number personnel in the force, the bench added that, "To reach 30% reservation for women, it will take 10 years."

Appearing for the police, special public prosecutor Dayan Krishnan admitted that the ratio of women and men in Delhi Police was less than six per cent. HC then directed the Centre to apprise it about steps taken to sensitize the public on issues related to women's safety.

Earlier, the court asked police to file an affidavit disclosing the number of vacancies of assistant sub-inspector, sub-inspector and inspector rank posts, including the number of women personnel. The HC court has been monitoring progress in improving policing in the capital since the Nirbhaya gang rape.

Its focus over several hearings has been to monitor issues related to women's safety.

The court had suggested that police come out with a GPS to track the location of suspected vehicles and asked it to take help from Infosys or TCS for developing the software. It had also asked the state government and health department to issue a directive for all hospitals, including the private ones, to attend to trauma patients in the city. It had said that no hospital can turn down a patient who needed immediate medical attention, especially in rape or accident cases.

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