DELHIITES FEEL that women personnel in Delhi Police should be given a more proactive role as they can act as a force against corruption and be a deterrent against use of foul language by their male counterparts. This is among the findings of a study conducted by the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD).
A high 76 per cent of Delhiites surveyed as part of the study ‘People’s Perception of Women Police’ believe that women personnel can implement laws more effectively and sincerely than their male counterparts.
“Two-third of the respondents are of the view that women police can be given general functions of police as well as issues related to women and children…78 per cent feel women can be entrusted with the independent powers of probing cases of women victimisation,” the report said. The study, prepared after interviewing politicians, social workers, journalists, intellectuals, and businessmen, found that a whopping 88 per cent believe that men in the force will hesitate to use vulgar language in the presence of women cops.
Forty-six per cent also believe that women are less corrupt and they hence would help in minimising corruption in the force.
Noting that the role of women in policing is “very crucial”, Bureau of Police Research and Development Director General Kiran Bedi, who is the first woman IPS officer of the country, said women personnel contribute a lot towards crime prevention.