Only 442 women police stations across India: Police research data

Despite growing cases of crime against women, State governments have failed to open women’s police stations. As per the latest government data, 13 States and Union Territories have no women police stations, including Delhi. According to the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) data, there were just 442 women police stations across India as on January 1, 2011. Tamil Nadu had the maximum number of women police stations (196) followed by Uttar Pradesh (71), Andhra Pradesh (32), Gujarat (31), Rajasthan (24), Jharkhand (22), Madhya Pradesh (9), Punjab (5), Chhattisgarh (4) and Haryana (2).

“There are 13 States and Union Territories that are still to open women police stations. The Centre has been repeatedly telling these States to open women police stations to ensure better safety and security of women but to no avail,” said a senior Union Home Ministry official.

Ironically, in Delhi where two cases of rape or eve-teasing are reported every day, there is not a single women police station.

Efforts by then Delhi Police Commissioner R. S. Gupta to covert the Maurice Nagar police station near Delhi University into an all-woman police station in 2004 were jettisoned by his own colleagues. “The idea behind it was to provide better security to women and girls on the North Campus, but internal differences among top cops led to shelving of the ambitious project...It could have paved way for more such women-centric initiatives,” said a senior Delhi Police officer.

The ratio of men-women cops in the police force is also dismal. In Delhi, out of 82,000 cops, women comprise just 5,200. However, women rights activists feel that instead of opening women police stations, State Governments should focus on setting up women’s cell or desk at each police station so that more and more women can go there freely and report crime being committed against them.

“We have been demanding that there should be women cops at each police station trained to address the problems of women. A women’s desk at each police station will help in checking crime against women. We also need to have more women cops recruited and trained to address their issues,” senior CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat told The Hindu .

Pointing out that today women cops comprise a dismal 3-4 per cent of total police force in India that stands at around 16 lakh, Ms. Karat said the governments need to change recruitment policy. “Today, women are being taken into police force just to tackle women protesters...there is no focus on improving policing. Things would not change till our police force remains men-dominated and where women fear to approach police stations to report crime against them. Complete overhaul of the police system is the need of the hour,” she asserted.

Tamil Nadu tops the list with 196 women police stations, U.P. 71, Andhra Pradesh 32, Punjab 5

In Delhi, out of 82,000 cops, women comprise just 5,200