Delhi police will reportedly add over 2,500 female officers to its ranks in the wake of the recent gang rape and death of 23-year-old woman.
The Centre in New Delhi said on Friday that there would be at the very least one female officer in every police outpost in the city. According to Jezebel, there are 180 stations spread across the area.
Once the additional female officers have been added, they will make up about 33 percent of the entire force. Each station will reportedly have two female inspectors and 10 constables per station. This would bump the number of female officers to 7,688.
“Beginning has to be made. We have to build infrastructure for women’s safety. We have to ensure dignity of life. Justice delayed is justice denied,” explained Union home secretary R.K Singh.
The Times of India reports that the increase in female officers at police stations is being done to ensure that women will have someone they feel they can trust in the aftermath of a sex crime. Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said this should help make female victims more “secure” when reporting crimes.
Shinde also said that he hopes other states will follow in Delhi’s footsteps. He explained:
“We have suggested to the Delhi Police to increase the number of women personnel and we suggest you all to do the needful to achieve this target. We have suggested to the Delhi Police to increase the number of women personnel and we suggest you all to do the needful to achieve this target.
Investigation has to be sensitive. There should not be any hesitation in suspending any policeman who refuses to register a complaint. That is in law. Not registering any complaint is violation of law.”
Shinde added that he hoped new policies could be implemented as soon as possible to prevent a similar tragedy from taking place in the future. He feels the addition of over 2,500 female police officers is a step in the right direction.