Anita Gagare,32,is amused at the looks of surprise that greet her on the streets. They had never seen a woman manning traffic and their reaction is understandable.
Gagare is among the citys first five trained women traffic constables.
Their training ended in the first week of July. The training of four more will be over early next week,after which they will be deployed in the city, said inspector Rohidas Dusar of the traffic polices training department.
A similar initiative has already clicked in Thane. We had started the project of introducing women constables around last year. We now have about 40-50 women constables on duty, DCP (traffic,Thane) Vikram Deshmane said.
When the Thane traffic police introduced women constables,it was followed by allegations,unconfirmed,that they had become the target of eve-teasers. But Deshmane said,I have not heard of any such thing so far.
Asked if the Mumbai traffic police have a plan to tackle such a problem,should it happen,Dy CP (Traffic) Nandkumar Chaugule said,Our first concern is obviously the safety of the women traffic constables. As such,we have taken care they are always paired with a male constable so that such incidents can be avoided.
Gagare said,So far,I have not faced any kind of trouble from motorists.
Gagare,who had been in the local arms department earlier,had volunteered for traffic duty. I needed a change and a challenge. As there had been no women police constables till now,I decided to apply for such a posting.