Bengaluru: Home Minister G Parameshwara said on Monday that priority would be given to women while filling up vacant posts in the police department.
Speaking to reporters after an inspection of the all-women police station in Basavanagudi, he said, “I have received inputs that proper representation should be given to women in police stations. The government will reserve about 20 per cent of the seats for women when recruitments happen in future,” the Home Minister said.
“Only about six per cent of the staff in all ranks of the Home department are women, which is very less. The government aims to increase the representation up to 20 per cent. Hence, women will be given priority during the recruitments,” he said and added that the hurdles for the promotion of women staff would be removed soon.He said 10 new women’s police stations were opened recently and the government would soon open a women’s police station in every district, he added. Parameshwara was at the police station for about one and half hours. He held separate meetings to redress grievances of the staff. He obtained inputs about the women’s police station and duties of the staff of various ranks.
The Home Minister checked the attendance register, crime statistics, cells, drinking water supply, rifles among other things.Parameshwara held a separate meeting with DCP (South) B S Lokesh Kumar and obtained some details.
The all-women police station in Basavanagudi was commissioned in 2003 and about 45 police stations come under it. The station has a sanctioned staff strength of 24 and at present, 14 posts are vacant. As many as 24 cases were registered in 2015, of which 11 pertained to dowry harassment. The staff seek the assistance of male police if the situation demands.
The assistance of the male police was sought in arresting two persons from Bihar in a dowry harassment case in January.