There are just 11.75 per cent women in the police forces in the country despite the central government’s repeated efforts to enhance the strength of the women police to 33 per cent, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued advisories on May 21, 2014, May 12, 2015, June 21, 2019, June 22, 2021 and April 13, 2022 to all the state governments and Union Territory administrations to increase the representation of women police to 33 per cent of the total strength.
He said all the state governments and Union Territory administrations have been requested to create additional posts of women constables and sub-inspectors by converting the vacant posts of constables and sub-inspectors.
The aim is that each police station should have at least three women sub-inspectors and 10 women police constables, so that a women help desk is manned round the clock, he said in a written reply to a question.
The minister said the states have also been advised to strengthen welfare measures for women police personnel, ensure their safety, and provide a conducive work environment.