Sri Lankan police force to grant equal status to women
SRI Lanka said yesterday it will lift a bar on women reaching the top ranks of the police, as part of wide-ranging reforms to the ailing force.
Sri Lanka elected the world’s first woman prime minister in 1960, but police women have until now been blocked from promotion above senior superintendent, three below the top rank of inspector general.
National Police Commission (NPC) chair Siri Hettige said the “structural changes” would address the problem of inequality within the 80,000-strong force, which has just 11,000 women.
“After years of poor service from the police, the public want quick re-
forms,” he told reporters in Colombo.
“They expect things to change overnight. Unfortunately we can’t give instant results, but we are laying the foundation for a streamlined police which is more efficient and people-friendly.”
The NPC was set up by President Maithripala Sirisena, who came to power last year promising to restore rule of law and end corruption after a decades-long ethnic war. –