Bhubaneswar, Nov 7 (LocalWire): The number of women in police stations of the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack is abysmally low, a study ‘the state of crime and policing in Odisha’ researched.
Number of women representation in the 24 police stations in Bhubaneswar was at 3.86% while neighbouring Cuttack city, the erstwhile capital of the state, accounted for 12.37% representation of women in its workforce.
The representation of women in the state police, armed police force in both cities are no better with women constituting 7.42% of the total force.
The city is home to 24 police stations with a strength of 799 police personnel of which 108 are women.
Only three police stations in Bhubaneswar have women officers of inspector rank.
As many as 15 police stations do not have woman officers of sub-Inspector rank while 19 police stations do not have women assistant Sub-Inspectors. None of the police stations have women head constables while Chandaka police station has no women personnel in the investigating rank.
The study jointly conducted by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and Centre for the Sustainable Use of Natural and Social Resources found women posted in only two police stations in Cuttack city limits while 22 police stations are operational in the city.
While four police stations do not have a woman sub-Inspector, none of the police stations have women head constables.
As many as five police stations in Cuttack city do not have women police personnel at the investigating ranks, the report said adding that the city has strength of 397 police personnel of which 52 are women.