Pushing for a policy to be framed for women cops, the investigation officer of the case related to the miscarriage of two women constables last year has recommended that relaxation be given to female constables during pregnancy. The IO has also recommended that the constables should not be sent on standing and VIP duties.
IO Harjeet Kaur, who was in-charge of the Women Police Wing of the UT Police, conducted an inquiry into the complaint lodged by two female constables of IRB posted at Sarangpur that they were sent on VIP duties at Rajindra Park in October last year during their pregnancy and both suffered miscarriage.
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The inquiry report, accessed by Chandigarh Newsline, stated that during the investigation of the complaint, it was found that the female constables were sent on tough duties during their pregnancies and there was no arrangements for food, toilets and other basic facilities at the place where the constables were deputed.
The investigation also found that the female constables were sent on maternity leave earlier than the stipulated time which also raised questions on the working of the senior officers posted at IRB. It was alleged in the complaint that the senior officers deliberately sent the officers on stricter duties at Rajendra Park where the choppers of many VIPs land.
DSP (Women Cell) Anjeeta Chepalya, when contacted, said that she had read the report and sent it to the higher authorities for consideration.
The report recommends that proper receipt must be given to the female constables whenever they submit any request regarding light duty job or related issues for their future appeals. They should be given light duties during their pregnancies as per their willingness. If no light duty is found at IRB then they should be temporarily attached with local police.
Further, they should not be deputed at those areas where no water, sitting and toilet facilities are available. If urgency is there then proper medical facility along with required resources, including clean water and bio-toilets, may be provided at the place of the duty. Whenever they submit their medical papers, proper attention should be paid especially towards doctor’s opinion, period of pregnancy and other health-related issues. Proper DDRs should be recorded.
The report further states that a policy should be framed at the earliest to avoid any inconvenience in future related to subject matter and others. Such policy matter should be implemented in UT Police besides IRB.