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Police accused of being gender-insensitive

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Attitude of field level officers towards women who approach police stations is inhuman, says NGOs

LANGUAGE BARRIER:A delegate at the workshop on Atrocities on Women protests the use of English during deliberations by senior IPS officers. Several women delegates said with Telugu being the official language of the State, participants should converse in the language.Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
LANGUAGE BARRIER:A delegate at the workshop on Atrocities on Women protests the use of English during deliberations by senior IPS officers. Several women delegates said with Telugu being the official language of the State, participants should converse in the language.Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

Women’s rights activists and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on women’s issues were unanimous in accusing the police of being gender-insensitive at a workshop conducted by the Police Department on women related issues here on Thursday.

The attitude of police officers at the field level, particularly Sub-Inspectors and Inspectors, towards women who approach police stations was inhuman to say the least, a majority of speakers said at the meet.

“Most of the officers use filthy language against women who approach them,” Tripurana Venkataratnam, a Congress leader who also heads an NGO, said.

Admitting that it was true to some extent, Director General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy said they had been training police officers and constables regularly to be gender sensitive.

“We have trained over 20,000 constables and over 300 CIs and SIs on the aspect,” he said. He also admitted that the second highest number of women’s atrocities cases was being registered in Andhra Pradesh.

He said that at least one woman police constable or woman home guard was being appointed in every police station in the State. Besides, reception counters were being planned in all police stations with two women taken from outsourcing agencies to listen to complaints from women.

Attending calls

Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy said ‘108 service’ call centre would be utilised to attend calls pertaining to atrocities against women, from December 1 as the existing 1091 service did not become popular.

Both the Home Minister and the DGP refuted the allegations of Gaddam Jhansi of Dalita Stree Shakti that most of the cases of atrocities on women were being settled even before their registration in Ranga Reddy district in the name of Home Minister’s relatives and acquaintances.

Minister for Women and Child Welfare V. Sunitha Lakshma Reddy, freedom fighter Mallu Swarajyam, Sandhya of Progressive Organisation for Women and others also spoke.


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