Only 5.87 pc women in country's police force

Only 5.87 pc women in country's police force

Only 15 out of 382 in DG, special DG and ADG ranks

Only 5.87 pc women in country's police force

The government had set an ambitious target of having 30 per cent women in police forces across the country, but fresh statistics show that the target is nowhere near with personnel from the fairer sex being a miniscule 5.87 per cent.

The figures at the top level are more pathetic with just 15 women occupying the posts of Director General, Special DG or Additional DG rank out of 382 while there are 28 women in the rank of Inspector General as against 566.

The statistics came at a time when the country will be celebrating  International Women’s Day on Saturday.

According to the Data on Police Organisations (as on January 1, 2013) released on Thursday, there are 97,518 women personnel in police forces across the country which has a strength of 16.60 lakh. 

There are 5.48 lakh vacancies in police forces across the country. In 2012, there were 84,479 women in the police, which shows that there was an increase of 15.4 per cent in their numbers in 2013. Among the states, Tamil Nadu has a better record in having women personnel in their forces. It also has the highest number of women police stations. 

Tamil Nadu came second in the number of women personnel at 16,206 only to be preceded by Maharashtra, which has 17,549. Rajasthan, which came third, is at a distant 5,753.

Tamil Nadu has 196 women police stations across the state while Uttar Pradesh is a distant second with 71. 

Karnataka has 10 women police stations and 3,643 women police personnel.

“An overwhelming majority of women police stations, i.e. about 39.04 per cent were functioning in Tamil Nadu State alone with a total of 196 women police stations. There are 11 such states or Union Territories where there were no separate women police stations at all,” the report said.

The statistics showed that the police-people ratio is still in the woods with one policeman taking care of 733 citizens. If one considers the sanctioned strength, it will come down to 551.