Implement 33% reservation for women in police force: Maneka Gandhi

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi today appealed to States and Union Territories to implement 33 per cent reservation for women in police force to address the problem of crimes against women saying that all-women police station can not address the problem alone.

“States need to push 33 per cent reservation for women in police forces. Women police station is not a complete solution,” Gandhi said while addressing a workshop on schemes related to women and child.

Appreciating Gujarat and Bihar government for implementing the reservation, the minister urged other states to follow the suit. Gandhi said that Union Territories have been ordered to implement the reservation by Ministry of Home Affairs though none has done it so far. She, however, said that exceptions can be given to states with a problem of insurrection as it becomes difficult for women to deal in such situations.

“There are Maoist areas in state like Chattisgarh where women cannot be sent. But all states do not have such problem. They should at least start implementing it,” she said.