Women in Policing – A case in point

Rough Roads to Equality - Women Police in South Asia, a study by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, 2015, looks at the situation of women in policing in four countries. The representation of women in policing, in India, was a pathetic 6% and discrimination within the polic force, rampant. According to one woman police officer, “… there are so many male constables in line of duty who are useless, lying drunk, that no one has an issue about. But if a woman asks for (maternity) leave then everyone has a problem”. For a woman constable in Rajasthan, the toughest part was the unavailability of toilets.

Patriarchal mindsets, systemic bias and disabling environments conspire to work against women.