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DCW takes suo motu cognizance of report saying there’s no woman SHO in Delhi police stations

In a notice issued by chairperson Swati Maliwal to Additional Commissioner of Delhi Police, she has asked the steps taken by the Delhi Police to increase the participation of women officers at higher level.

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The Delhi Commission for Women has taken suo motu cognizance of a news report pertaining to transfer of SHOs in different police stations in Delhi Police, alleging there is no woman SHO deployed at any police station in Delhi Police despite the mandate for reservation of 33% for women.

In a notice issued by chairperson Swati Maliwal to Additional Commissioner of Delhi Police, she has asked the steps taken by the Delhi Police to increase the participation of women officers at higher level.

“Reportedly, there are 178 police stations in Delhi; however, no police station is headed by a female officer. It is reported that as per rules there is a reservation of 33% for women in Delhi Police, but the participation of female officers at higher level appears to be very less,” said the Delhi Commission for Women.

It further stated, “The Delhi Commission for Women Act, 1994 mandates the Commission to investigate and examine all matters relating to the safeguard provided for women under the Constitution and give recommendations to the Government on the issue of women safety. Section 10(iii)(d) of the said Act empowers the Commission to seek information, requisition any record or copy thereof from any office for the aforesaid purpose, and gives it powers of a civil court in this regard.”

The Women Commission has asked the Additional Police Commissioner to provide the following necessary details;

1- Is it true that currently there is no female SHO in any police station of Delhi Police? If yes, please provide the reasons for the same.

2- Please provide the details of male officers of rank of Inspector including their sanctioned and current number of posts.

3- Please provide the details of female officers of rank of Inspector including their sanctioned and current number of posts.

4- Details of female officers who have been deployed as an SHO in police stations in last one year.

5- Steps taken by the Delhi Police to increase the participation of female officers at higher level.

The Women’s Commission has asked the Delhi Police to provide the information latest by March 19.

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