Only one woman constable among 666 vacancies filled

Despite introducing a slew of measures to ensure women’s safety by Delhi Police, only one female constable comprised the 666 new recruits who joined under various ranks last year.

However, 306 posts of sub-inspectors and 1,300 posts of constables were sanctioned. Of the 1,300 posts, 778 were newly created while 522 were converted from the posts of male constables.

“The process of filling up these posts is still on,” said Alok Kumar Verma, Special Commissioner of Police (Administration).

In 2013, apart from one female official (constable -- executive, 2009 Phase II), seven assistant sub-inspectors (steno) were recruited in addition to 311 head constables (ministerial), 159 head constables (assistant wireless operators), 175 male constables (executive) and 13 constables (drivers). Overall, the process of filling 4,453 vacancies in various ranks is in progress.

Verma further said that over the years, the role of women in Delhi Police has undergone a transformation keeping in line with the challenges faced by the department.

They are assigned mainstream policing responsibilities, including those of SHOs, additional SHOs and investigating officers.

They are also deployed at selected security beats, in PCR vans, and on traffic junctions.
“This has enabled them to directly interact with the public with a view to provide better services, particularly to women, children and senior citizens,” Verma added.

A mobile women police team is also available 24x7 to provide support services to women in distress.

On an average, 30 calls are received daily by this unit and a total of 11,010 calls were also referred to them.

A self-defence wing was also started to empower women through training and exposure in techniques of martial arts to defend them against any kind of attack till any help arrives.

In 2013, 15,633 students participated in 130 programmes of one week each organised by Special Police Unit For Women and Children. In addition, 48 one-day workshops were organised for 4,590 participants.

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