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Only 7.28 Percent Women In Police Force In India Despite 33 Percent Advisory

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| February 26 , 2018 , 15:12 IST

Despite the Union Home Ministry issuing advisories to all state governments and union territories in 2009, 2012 and 2016 to increase the strength of women police personnel to 33 percent, only 7.28 percent of the police force in India consists of women, government data has shown.

The percentage of women in the police force also varies greatly between states, with the Naxal-hit Telangana having the least amount of women at only 2.47 percent. In Jammu and Kashmir, there are only 3.05 percent women in the police force, while in Uttar Pradesh, there are only 3.81 percent women in the police force.

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Government data showed that while the situation was relatively better in Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa, the state with the highest number of women police personnel is Tamil Nadu.

Among the Union territories, Chandigarh has the maximum number of women personnel on its police force, while Delhi had only 8.64 percent of women on its police force.

In addition to the 33 percent allocation in the respective police forces, all the state and union territories have also been requested to create additional posts of woman constables and sub-inspectors, an official of the Home Ministry said.

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Increasing the number of women in the police forces serves multiple benefits, not only do more women gain employment, victims reporting crime and problems are often more comfortable in disclosing personal details to women police personnel. Also, in the case of women criminals, women police personnel are required for restraining and investigation.

Apart from the internal police services, the home ministry has also initiated steps to increase the strength of women in paramilitary forces, another official said.

Women are soon expected to account for one-third of constable-rank personnel in the Central Police Reserve Force and around 15 percent of border guarding forces such as the Border Security Force (BSF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).