Our state of Jammu and Kashmir may lag behind in crime against women compared to other states in India but one of the major reasons why we lag behind is also because most of the crime against women goes unreported in J&K. Societal pressures in out society are huge and most women choose not to fight for their rights.
The State Government, led by a woman for the first time ever, has decided not to take any chances because there is a steady increase in incidents of crime against women in the country. State Cabinet has decided to set up four new police stations exclusively manned by the women police force adding to the only one’s at Jammu and Srinagar. The new women police stations will come up at Anantnag, Baramulla, Rajouri and Udhampur. These will be entirely manned by women police staff.
The five points below explain why the government’s decision is truly remarkable.
- These police stations being all woman police stations will remove the hesitation to go to a police station and get their complaint registered.
- Since only women police officer would be investigating these cases, the fear of unwelcome and insensitive publicity to the case will be reduced considerably.
- The most important benefit is that women in police stations are expected to be empathetic towards the women complainants. Since these police stations would be meant specifically for crimes against women, the duration of justice and the intensity of investigation would improve and be far better than regular police stations.
- Once these police stations become successful, they are bound to be replicated throughout the state and that will mean extended safety for women in J&K.