| Jayanto Narayan Choudhury addresses the seminar on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Jan. 28: Director-general of police Jayanto Narayan Choudhury today appealed to girl students studying in various city colleges to join the police force in a bid to increase the number of women cadres in Assam police.
Choudhury said the number of women cadres in the Assam police is less than 2 per cent, which should be increased. “While the percentage of women cadres should be around 33 per cent in the police, it is less than 2 per cent in Assam police. You should come forward to build your career in the police,” said Choudhury.
Choudhury was the chief guest of the 16th foundation day of the North East Girl Students Association organised at Lakhiram Barua Sadan near the District Library here. A seminar was also organised on the topic “Prevention of crime against women: Role and responsibility of the civil society” on the occasion.
The organisation was formed on January 28, 1998, at the first North East Girl Students Conference held at Handique Girls College. Since its formation, the members of the association have carried out its mission relentlessly to create awareness among the public about the various evils of society and mobilise girl students and women to build a healthy and violence-free society.
Additional DGP (CID) Mukesh Sahai, writer Maini Mahanta and advocate of Gauhati High Court, Satyendra Sarma, were the other dignitaries present at the seminar. A large number of students from different city colleges participated in the seminar, which highlighted how women should counter acts of crime against them.
Association president Munmi Dutta said the seminar was aimed to create awareness about the safety of women, considering the fact that the number of crime incidents has increased over the years.
Sahai emphasised on proper implementation of the existing laws to curb crime against women. He said if the existing laws were implemented properly, then crime incidents against women would come down drastically.
“The existing laws are fine to prevent crime against women. The only problem is their proper implementation. If the existing laws are implemented quickly it will go a long way in curbing criminal activities against women,” Sahai said.
“In the existing set-up, delivering justice to a woman victim is a time-consuming process. Justice should be given quickly and with less expenditure,” Sahni added.
Advocate Sarma praised the initiative of the students’ association in creating awareness about crime against women and requested it to work among the grassroots level and in interior areas. He suggested the association to distribute leaflets or booklets with proper information and contact numbers of the police to contact when a girl faces any kind of harassment.