March 4, 2015 12:09:01 pm
With incidents of crimes against women registering a sharp increase in recent years, Tripura has decided to increase the number of women police personnel to one-third of its total strength in the next couple of years. The number of all-women police stations on the other hand is being increased from the existing four to nine soon.
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said in Agartala that currently the state’s police force had only about 10 per cent women, while that among constables stood at around 13 per cent. “Our government has fixed a target of raising the percentage of women in the state police force to 30 per cent,” he said. A decade and half ago Tripura’s police force had only about two per cent women.
It was only this week that 300 women constables had joined the Tripura Police after completion of nine-month training. Trained in the KTD Singh Police Academy at Narsing-garh, about 15 kms from the state capital, these 300 women who were aged between 18 and 27 years, also had 86 from the tribal communities. More and more educated women were getting attracted to join the police, with an official pointing out that while the minimum educational qualification for constables was fixed at Class X pass, there were as many as 33 graduates and a couple of post-graduates among them.
The number of crimes against women has gone up in Tripura in recent years, with the Crimes ‘in India’report for 2013 published by National Crime Records Bureau (NCB) showing that number of rape cases increased from 229 in 2012 to 233 in 2013. Likewise, the number of cases of kidnapping and abduction of women and girls has gone up from 114 in 2012 to 124 in 2013. Tripura had also registered 29 incidents of dowry deaths and 827 cases of cruelty by husband and his relatives during 2013, the NCRB report had said.
Simultaneously, Tripura has also registered an increase in women’s involvement in politics in the recent years. The strength of women members of the culing CPI(M) in Tripura has worked out to 26 per cent of its total membership as against about 12 per cent at the national level, Bijan Dhar, state secretary of the CPI(M) revealed in Agartala.
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