States Urged To Elevate Women’s Representation In Police To 33%: Centre

| Updated: February 8, 2023 5:29 pm

The Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday that while the Centre has repeatedly advised states to boost the participation of women in police to 33 percent, their actual strength as of January 1, 2022, was 11.75 percent.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has advised all state governments in letters dated April 22, 2013, May 21, 2014, May 12, 2015, June 21, 2019, June 22, 2021, and April 13, 2022, to increase the representation of women police to 33 percent of the total strength, according to Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai.  

He responded to a question, “According to data compiled by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), as on January 1, 2022, the actual strength of women police personnel is 11.75 per cent at all India levels,” he said in a written reply to a question.”

Ladakh (28.1%) has the greatest proportion of women in the police force, followed by Andhra Pradesh (21.7%), Chandigarh (21.6%), and Bihar (21.2 per cent). The states having the lowest percentage of women police officers include Jammu & Kashmir (3.2%), Tripura (5.29%), and Meghalaya (5.9%).

According to the minister, it has been urged of all state governments to convert any open positions for sub-inspectors and constables into new positions for women.

He asserted that the goal is for each police station to have at least three woman sub-inspectors and 10 woman police constables so that a women’s help desk is available around-the-clock. 

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