Governor favours more women in police force

Governor H R Bhardwaj, on Wednesday, advocated the need for women lawyers and police personnel to efficiently and effectively tackle the growing menace of sexual assault on women.

Briefing reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of the new building of Mahila Dakshata Samiti in Vidyaranyapura, Bhardwaj said, he had sent a request to National Commission for Women for appointing experienced women lawyers in the State who can solve the issues of problems being faced by women.

“Apart from lawyers, there is a need of more women police personnel as well. The State government and police force should take the responsibility of recruiting more women police officers. The percentage allotted for the women police force is presently four per cent which needs to be increased to 20 per cent,” he added.

Poor enforcement

Expressing concern over increase in sexual assault on women in the State and country, the governor bemoaned laws related to protection of women and domestic violence, were not being enforced properly. Lauding the concept of family courts introduced in 1984-1985, he, however, rued that, while courts are protecting the rights of citizens, there was a lack of coordination from the public. People should also co-operate with the courts.

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