Govt approves 33 per cent Reservation for Women in Non-Gazetted Police Posts in UTs

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The Union Cabinet of the Modi government, chaired by the Prime Minister himself, has approved 33 per cent reservation for women – horizontally and each category (OBC, SC, ST, and others) in direct recruitment in all non-gazetted Police Posts in all Union Territories including Delhi.

The Cabinet also approved that all UT police forces should make necessary amendments in their recruitment rules to accommodate this change. The reservation has been made available to women against all these vacancies (for example, vacancies for the posts of constable, sub-inspector, and so on) from the date of issue of the order.

Experts say this is indeed a step in the right direction to increase women’s representation in police forces which in turn, will help the police become more gender sensitive.

It is also likely to encourage women to report crime without any fear or hesitation as and when required. It has been often observed that a lot of women do not usually approach the police even under dire circumstances for the fear that they might have to reveal their ordeal to a male police officer. This is particularly true for crimes involving sexual assaults. Therefore, the absence of an adequate gender representation has been often cited as a huge barrier in implementation of legislations made for the protection of women.

The Justice (Retd.) Verma Report, the Ministry of Home Affairs, submitted after the infamous 2013 Delhi gang rape also recommended that reports of crime against women and their statement are collected by women police officers only.

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