Sometimes it takes a woman to comprehend and be sensitive towards a problem that another woman is facing. Banking on just that, Rajasthan has opened a police station that will be staffed entirely by women.
And aptly, this station will be inaugurated on March 8, when the world will celebrate International Women’s Day.
Image for representation. Photo source: Wikimedia
A total of 22 police personnel will be staffed at the station, and that includes the police constables. The station was conceived as a safe space for women who will be able to come and file complaints without feeling awkward or scared. The station will also feature a creche where children who are brought in will be taken care of.
Speaking about this initiative, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Kunwar Rastradeep notes that women have to battle a lot of stigma that is both societal and in the mind before approaching a police officer to file a complaint. Bangalore Mirror has quoted him saying, “When a woman comes to file a complaint, there is a stigma in her mind whether a male police officer would understand her problem or he would in turn blame her. Here we are trying that each and every staff is a woman and therefore those women coming to file complaint will feel comfortable. I believe this would be the first police station where each and every staff will be a woman”
Police stations in India are trying to figure out new ways to make people who come to their premises comfortable. Recently a police station in Gurugram started a dedicated play area for children that features games, puzzles and even a nanny. According to data , there are over 500 police stations for women.
Hopefully such stations soon become the rule rather than the exception.