Mumbai has been consistently proving its worth in the area of women empowerment. It has now become the first city in India to have women in-charges in eight of its police stations.
Women in-charges in police stations can potentially be an encouraging factor for girls and women in the city. Crimes against women are on the rise and in a few cases, women fail to report these crimes in police station fearing a lack of empathy from the officers.
Having women leaders in the stations might curb this fear and allow a space for women to be open about the crimes they have faced.
Rashmi Jadhav, heading the Cuffe Police Station told ANI that being female in charge of a police station will help women and it will be more comfortable for girls and women to come and report crimes against them.
The eight women leading police stations in Mumbai are Rashmi Jadhav (Cuffe Parade Police Station), Rohini Kale (Pantnagar Police Station), Kalpana Gadekar (BKC Police Station), Alka Mandave (Airport Police Station), Mrudula Lad (Sion Police Station), Jyotsna Rasam (Vanrai Police Station), Lata Shirsat (Sahar Police Station) and Vidhyalaxmi Hiremath (Aarey Police Station).
Imagine having these dynamic women as role models for young children!
Mumbai Police, popular among the masses not only for their law enforcement skills but also their online presence took to Twitter to announce this great news.
“Trying to keep up with the city’s trend of setting examples! #InspiredByMumbai” they said.
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) March 31, 2018
Needless to say, people from across the nation flooded the tweet with congratulatory messages.
Deepak Devraj, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mumbai Police spokesperson told the Free Press Journal, “We are the first in the country to appoint women Senior Police Inspectors. We received an overwhelming response after the first tweet on the Mumbai police handle on Saturday. It has been shared over 300 times and liked by 1400 people.”
This move primarily proves that women are taking control in a field traditionally ruled by men. Leading police stations in one of the busiest urban spaces in India is not an easy task, but the women are here to take up the challenge.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)