Anandiben Patel, the Chief Minister of Gujarat on 24 June 2014 announced 33 percent reservation for women in the police force. With this announcement, the women of the state can enjoy 33 percent reservation in new recruitment in the police force. The decision will be implemented in all cadres.
The decision was taken to empower women of the state and uplift them in the society. The decision can be treated as a part of the state government 100-day agenda that was released earlier.
This decision came at a time, when the crimes against women are at its peak in several states. The crimes against women came into spotlight after alleged rape and murder of two minor girls in Badaun of Uttar Pradesh.
The announcement has made Gujarat the first state in India to implement 33 percent reservation for women in the police force.
Women in Gujarat police
At present there are around 2500 policewomen in Gujarat and the state has sanctioned posts of 60000 in Gujarat police. If it manages to fill the 33 percent posts against the sanctioned strength then the number would increase to 19800 women in the force.
According to the report of Bureau of Police Research and Development at present there are only 84479 policewomen in India against total police strength if 15.85 lakh. This symbolizes just about 5 percent. The report also highlighted the states with highest number of policewomen
• Maharashtra – 20062
• Tamil Nadu – 10118
• Delhi – 5356
Whereas the states with low density of policewomen are
• Uttar Pradesh – 2586
• Madhya Pradesh – 3010
Where: in Gujarat
When: 24 June 2014