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City has only one woman SHO

Of the 166 police stations in the city,where questions are being raised regarding safety of women and police’s attitude towards them,only one has a woman station house officer.

Written by Prawesh Lama | New Delhi |
April 22, 2013 2:01:03 am

Of the 166 police stations in the city,where questions are being raised regarding safety of women and police’s attitude towards them,only one has a woman station house officer.

The lone woman SHO,at Maurice Nagar police station,was also posted only last month.

What is surprising is that even the all-woman police station — the South Campus police station — is headed by a male police officer.

Senior police officers said there are 800 to 1,000 inspectors in the Delhi Police,of which around 70 are women. There is one woman inspector in the Crime Branch and another at the New Delhi railway station.

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Even the parts of the city that have a large number of working women or student population — such as Mukherjee Nagar,Roop Nagar,Safdarjung Enclave and Munirka — no women officers are posted.

From a few police stations,like Kamla Market,women SHOs were removed a few months ago.

“All women help desks have been set up at the police stations,where women constables have been posted. A complainant will also be more comfortable to discuss her problems with a woman SHO. Why doesn’t each district have at least one woman inspector?” a senior police officer asked.

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Sources said the Home Ministry’s proposal to have women from NGOs at the women’s helpdesk in police stations achieved no success.

The MHA had sent a list of NGOs to all police stations,but the NGOs are yet to send their workers to aid the police.

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First published on: 22-04-2013 at 02:01:03 am

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