The state cabinet on Friday approved a proposal to reserve 10 per cent posts in Calcutta police for women.
Less than 500 cops in the 28,000-strong force (0.02 per cent) are women, said a Lalbazar source.
“A proposal was moved to this effect and the cabinet has approved it,” said commerce and industries minister Partha Chatterjee. “The reservation will be applicable to all posts of the city police. Later, a similar reservation policy will be followed in Jungle Mahal.”
A senior state official said the chief minister had herself laid stress on having more women in the city police force.
“Calcutta police had moved a proposal to the home department seeking permission to reserve 10 per cent of the existing vacancies for women. After the cabinet’s green light, 10 per cent women would be recruited in the city police from now,” the official said.
“It is very important to correct the lopsided ratio between males and females,” said a senior officer.
The “lopsided ratio” also poses logistical problems, especially when it comes to arresting female offenders and recording the statements of female victims, said sources.
Some women officers, however, felt the government should improve the infrastructure before reserving seats for women. There were police stations that didn’t have separate washrooms or changing rooms for women, said sources.
The cabinet also decided to create four more police stations in the Howrah police commissionerate. The four, to be carved out of Bally and Jagachha police stations, will come up in Belur, Nischinda, Dasnagar and Santragachhi, said Chatterjee.