TO FIGHT GEN­DER CRIMES, RU­RAL WOMEN SET TO BE SPL OF­FI­CERS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Moushumi Das Gupta moushumi.gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The gov­ern­ment has de­cided to re­cruit women as spe­cial po­lice of­fi­cers (SPOs) to help check gen­der crimes in vil­lages across the coun­try by act­ing as a link be­tween the com­mu­nity and po­lice.

The un­armed SPOs will be trained by the lo­cal po­lice and their job will be to vol­un­tar­ily keep a watch on gen­der crimes in their area of op­er­a­tion and in­form po­lice when nec­es­sary. They will be paid a min­i­mum monthly pocket money of Rs500.

“If some states want, they can in­crease the money. They will not be reg­u­lar em­ploy­ees,” a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said.

The home min­istry gave the fi­nal go-ahead last week to the women and child devel­op­ment min­istry’s pro­posal to ap­point

re SPOs that had been pend­ing for some time.

“We will now draft guide­lines about the spe­cific role-of SPOs, the cri­te­ria for re­cruit­ing them, etc, and share it with the states,” a se­nior women and child devel­op­ment min­istry of­fi­cial said.

Min­istry of­fi­cials said any woman above the age of 21 and hav­ing cleared Class 12 would be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for the post of SPO. Once se­lected, these women will be given ba­sic train­ing in polic­ing and on how to han­dle gen­der-re­lated crimes.

“Their role will be to ba­si­cally as­sist po­lice and mo­ti­vate women to come for­ward and re­port such crimes,” another of­fi­cial said.

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