“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.” – Margaret Thatcher
Report released by the Home Ministry just some months ago, revealed that women hardly make up to 5.3% of the country’s police force. Being an equal half of the overall populace, women still fail to be a major part of the security sector. Indian Police Force, Men: Women 94:6, the disproportionate ratio is highly disheartening and a straight punch on ‘women’s empowerment in India’.
The cliché must have gone by your ear that “The jobs in police force are not meant for women”, even after being perfectly fit and fully equipped with the right set of skills to uphold good designations in the police force. It’s high time that we change our mindsets and shun the myth and debunk it completely. Here are the 5 reasons why more women should be inducted into the police force.
Less tolerance towards immoral behavior
When it comes to an immoral or illegal act women are more likely to be law-abiding and stricter than their male counterparts. Several studies are there that would draw favor towards the conclusion, but a notable one is the 2004 study on police brutality conducted at the University of Maribor in Slovenia. If more women are inducted into the police force, the crackdown on illegal activities will be a lot more effective than it is right now.
In-built trait of trying to settle a situation non-violently
Women usually know how to keep calm and give fair chance to resolve the dispute non-violently. They don’t react violently to potentially violent situations. They make sure that they don’t get to a point where they have to fight fire with fire unless needed. They would rather prefer little counseling before they decide taking stricter action. This is a desirable quality in any police leader, as the public would feel safer and the police officers under her wing would be more committed on duty rather than bullying.
Women can handle it better both the ways
Women police officers are better suited in dealing with cases involving women. Indian law clearly specifies that a woman can be taken into custody only if a woman police officer is present all along, “as far as practicable”. Law will have to eliminate this clause “as far as practicable” if they don’t have more women in police. Women offenders taken into custody must be treated with dignity and that’s more likely to happen in the presence of women police officers. Along with having the capability of dealing with the female offenders, women officials do have the capability to handle the male culprits equally well.
As compared, women are more likely to earn people’s trust
Understanding and having the patience to give an ear before jumping to conclusion, makes a women official all the more trustworthy and approachable. Women officials tend to rely on empathy, care and compassion to enforce policing duties. This, coupled with the fact that they’re tough on illegal behavior, makes them easy to trust – not forgetting the crucial aspect in building a peaceful and friendly neighborhood.
A ’She’ approach to decision making is invaluable
The biggest drawback of not having enough women police personnel’s in the force is that we’re losing out on a woman’s perspective in the crucial policing decisions being taken across the country. Striving for a balanced approach is the key, and that’s possible only if both men and women sit across the table to hammer out the security concerns ailing our country.
Encouraging disparity, spreading a wrong social message
Paving our way towards development, we must make sure women are equal contributors at security front. Such an indefensible disparity is a big patch and denotes a wrong message in the society. Men and women both are equally important at every front and that ratio must be balanced to maximize and speed up the process of development and strengthen the base for women empowerment.