Sri Lankan po­lice force to grant equal sta­tus to women

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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