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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 NCRB National Crime Records Bureau (India)
NCRB National Center for Retirement Benefits Inc.
) data, there were over 1.85 lakh lakh

(in India) 100 000, esp. referring to this sum of rupees [Hindi lākh]

Noun 1. lakh - the cardinal number that is the fifth power of ten
100000, hundred thousand
 incidents of crime against women in 2007 in the country -- including over 20,000 rapes, 38,000 incidents of molestation molestation n. the crime of sexual acts with children up to the age of 18, including touching of private parts, exposure of genitalia, taking of pornographic pictures, rape, inducement of sexual acts with the molester or with other children, and variations of these  and over 8,000 women killed for dowry dowry (dou`rē), the property that a woman brings to her husband at the time of the marriage. The dowry apparently originated in the giving of a marriage gift by the family of the bridegroom to the bride and the bestowal of money upon the bride by , besides nearly 75,000 cases where women were illtreated by their husbands or relatives.

The home ministry has also taken cognisance COGNISANCE, pleading. Where the defendant in an action of replevin (not being entitled to the distress or goods which are the subject of the replevin) acknowledges the taking of the distress, and insists that such taking was legal, not because he himself had a right to distrain on his own  of reports of inquiries by the National Commission for Women ( NCW NCW Network Centric Warfare
NCW Nederlands Christelijk Werkgeversverbond (Den Haag, Netherlands)
NCW National Commission for Women (India)
NCW National Council of Women (UK) 

" 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 affirmative action, in the United States, programs to overcome the effects of past societal discrimination by allocating jobs and resources to members of specific groups, such as minorities and women.  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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