A day after the image of a woman constable working on the reception desk at Jhansi’s Kotwali police station with her infant daughter sleeping next to her went viral, UP DGP Om Prakash Singh Sunday confirmed her transfer to Agra, where her parents stay.
Referring to Constable Archana Jayant’s (30) as a “quintessential 21st century woman”, he said her experience had inspired state police to explore the possibility of having a creche at every police line.
“When I saw the image and read the story, I spoke to the Inspector General (IG) Jhansi, who has rewarded the constable with Rs 1,000 in cash. I got to know that she is very hard-working. Despite the fact that she has a newborn, she did not take childcare leave. She opted to go to duty. When I spoke to her, she said the only problem she is facing is that she does not have family support,” DGP Singh told The Indian Express.
Archana has been posted in Jhansi since 2016. Her elder daughter stays with her in-laws in Kanpur.
“Her family is in Agra and her in-laws are in Kanpur. Her husband works for a private company in Gurgaon. She cannot be posted to Kanpur (officially her home district after marriage) as we do not post constables in their home district. She said she would be grateful if she could be posted in Agra and I immediately ordered for her transfer there so she can get her family’s support,” he added.
Speaking over the phone, Archana said, “I haven’t met my parents and husband in a long time and now my Diwali will be with them. I will also bring my elder daughter Kanak (10) to Agra. I did face some problems in Jhansi but received great support from my colleagues.”