Women cops can handle harassment cases better: Praveen Sood

Mysuru, May 10:- “Women police easily understand the cases of harassment, torture and attack on women and remain empathetic. They can solve such cases with ease. That’s why the department needs the help of women constables,” said Director General of Police (CID) Praveen Sood here on Friday.

He was speaking at the Passing out Parade of the 3rd batch of women constables at Police Training School at Jyothi Nagar in the city. Around 217 candidates took part in the passing out parade.

“Around 217 constables are joining the Police Department. You have already been given appointment letters. You have completed the eight-month training period. You will have higher responsibilities on your shoulders now. You have reached this level with sheer hard work and I am sure that you will succeed. Fifty years ago, there was a question, why does the Police Department need women? Police have to control mobs, open fire and lathi- charge which were once thought not possible by women. But now that opinion has changed. Women police are given equal training as men. 50% of crime in society is on women and children. You are capable of understanding the situation. You are going to wear a uniform now. If you go on a bus or a train without a uniform,  you will understand the plight of women. State police need 20% of women staff, which has now reached 6%. It needs further 4,000 – 6,000 women to make it 20%. More than half of you are graduates and postgraduates. If you aim higher, you can become PSI and SI as well. Promotion opportunities are more for you. You have completed the tough task of training for eight months. Police duty is 24×7. You have more challenges than men and men should take note of this,” he added.

Tara of Shivamogga won the best candidate award. Geetha HN of Tumakuru won first prize in indoor activities, Sakki Patil of Uttara Kannada came second and Prabhavati Ramappa Sullanavara emerged third.

In outdoor activities, Tara came first, Rashmi ME of Ramanagara and Shajahan of Mangaluru emerged second, Vijayalakshmi of Koppala came third.

In firing, Shilpa HG of Mysuru bagged the first spot, while Pujashri of Uttara Kannada and Jayasheela of Mangaluru (second) and Shylashri of Uttara Kannada came in that order.

IGP (Training) Ravi S, principal of Police Training School Dr Dharanidevi Malagatti and others were present. (MR/KS).

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