Days after the inauguration of the first-ever women police station in Panchkula, the women police force has begun spearheading the campaign for the safety of women in the district. From addressing complaints of women, to counselling them and their family members, and conducting surprise checks at public places, the women cops are doing it all to discharge their duty.
The first-ever Mahila Police Station of the district was inaugurated by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on August 28 at Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5. With all the force being women, the police station serves as one-stop centre for women complainants from across the town.
“Most of the complaints being received are those of marital disputes, or family issues, including some arguments with husband’s family. The complaints are largely from married women; we have not received complaints from girls yet,” said SHO Balwinder Kaur Bali.
According to the police, as many as 10 complaints are received on a daily basis. On most of them, the cops proceed for counselling of both the sides, followed by further action. Since all the cases being previously heard by Women Cell of the Panchkula police were transferred to the women police station, the investigation is currently going on in those cases.
From Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) to SHO to Munshi, all the work is being done by women. “We have around 10 women constables, one Assistant Sub-Inspector, two Sub-Inspectors, headed by SHO and an ACP. We have recently written for four-five male constables, since they are required for checking of male accused and their arrest,” said ACP Purnima Singh.
With a PCR available round the clock, the women police personnel are on duty for 24 hours. “Last night, we received a distress call from a woman, who alleged that she was being harassed by her husband. Our team went there in the night, and spent over an hour in talking to the victim and her family members,” said Singh.
“Since the entire force at the police station consists of women, women complainants are not hesitant to share their problems. They are more forthcoming and feel free and safe, when they see all women in uniform. There are some women who visit the police station to seek advice from us. A women had visited us recently, seeking advice on how to prevent her son from entering into wrong company, and we guided her,” said Bali.
The women police personnel are also conducting surprise checks at various public places, and talking to girls and women, inquiring about any harassment they face. During a recent check at Majri Chowk, the team of women police directed the bus drivers and conductors to ensure adequate safety of women, and ensure that they do not face any harassment while boarding buses.