The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)'s Police Reforms team on March 28 launched its latest report, the "Model Policy on Women in Police" on Thursday, 28 March 2019 in New Delhi.
The policy -- which has been developed in consultation with serving and retired police officers, academics, and independent experts -- lays down a framework to guide government efforts at improving gender diversity and mainstreaming gender equality in police services across India. The policy also makes the case for a holistic strategy and clear, time-bound and comprehensive action plans for achieving equitable representation of, and equal opportunities for women in police. The policy assumes significance especially in the light of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ own advisory to states and Union Territories laying down a target of 33% for women in police organisations and states adopting the same or similar reservation target.
CHRI’s model policy for women in police builds on our 2015 report “Rough Roads to Equality: Women Police in South Asia” and an e-repository of policies and initiatives on women in police across the country (please see Women Police in India). The report was a four-country study covering India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Maldives, which stressed the value of women for policing, and also the need for comprehensive institutional level policies to promote and support women in police.