India plans all-women police stations

2012-12-28 17:41

Kolkata - The woman chief minister of India's West Bengal state unveiled plans on Friday for 65 all-female police stations, as authorities tried to assuage growing anger over a gang-rape in New Delhi.

"Sixty-five all-women police stations will be set up across West Bengal to deal with crimes against women," Mamata Banerjee, the firebrand leader of the Trinamool party, told a rally in the north of the state.

"Ten of these stations are already functioning," she added.

Banerjee, who was until recently a coalition ally of the main ruling Congress party, also announced that 158 new courts were being set up in the state to fast-track cases involving crimes against women.

Her comments came after the federal government launched a drive to recruit more female officers as a confidence-building measure.

That campaign will start in the capital Delhi, where a 23-year-old student was brutally gang-raped on a bus on 16 December, sparking nationwide protests.

The lack of women officers has been widely blamed for the failures of some police forces to thoroughly investigate allegations of sex crimes. Women currently account for less than one in five Indian police officers.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-28 18:08

    What is it with governments, the world-over, that there must always be a certain quota of deaths, maiming, outrage and civil unrest before issues they are fully cognisant of, finally get addressed? This looks like a good step in the right direction but, as always, too many must suffer before anything is done.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-12-28 18:41

    How can this work in a democracy where women are subservient to men in all respect! I just don’t understand the ideology behind this proposed concept! Because it is in itself a feministic extreme. I am not against the idea,. Just confused as to the real motive for it!

  • klebepe - 2012-12-28 18:51

    My respect goes the Indian people.

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-12-28 21:05

      My respect goes to the African people. They are far worse off.

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