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PC wants more women in police.

ADVOCATING that women should form 33 of our police force, Union home minister P. Chidambaram has issued a 30- point advisory to all states and Union Territories to curb crime against women.

The states and UTs have been asked to act on the advisory urgently and get back to the home ministry within a month on the status of implementation of the measures spelt out by it.

According to National Crime Records Bureau ( NCRB) data, there were over 1.85 lakh incidents of crime against women in 2007 in the country -- including over 20,000 rapes, 38,000 incidents of molestation and over 8,000 women killed for dowry, besides nearly 75,000 cases where women were illtreated by their husbands or relatives.

The home ministry has also taken cognisance of reports of inquiries by the National Commission for Women ( NCW).

" In specific incidents, NCW reports indicate the level of sensitiveness with which crime against women should be handled is not up to the mark," the ministry says.

The recent killing of journalist Soumya Vishwanathan and call centre executive Jigisha Ghosh in Delhi's posh Vasant Vihar has raised concerns about safety of women returning late from work in Metros. Also, reports of rampant honour killings in Haryana and Punjab as well as forced child marriages in Rajasthan have also disturbed Chidambaram, say sources. Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra also have a very poor record of women safety, officials say.

So how does Chidambaram plan to correct this depressing scenario? His big idea is to increase the number of women in our police forces. " The representation of women in police at all levels should be increased through affirmative action so that they constitute about 33 per cent of the police," says the ministry's advisory.

As per latest data with the NCRB, there are just over 52,000 women in police forces across the country -- they form about five per cent of the total police force.

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Date:Sep 21, 2009
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