All Women Police Station for Haryana

HARYANA.

If you are an Indian and you have read about this state, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

Kurukshetra, the battlefield of Mahabharata or the most skewed sex ratio? The teachings of Gita or the cases of honor killings? The rich agriculture or the burning of brides?

Most of us know this one state in India for many things negative – a sad example of dominant patriarchy, child marriages, honor killings, ever declining sex ratio, dowry deaths and what not. But this Friday, the state of Haryana took a positive step to protect women and hear their woes with empathy. 

Haryana did something that some other states (Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka) in India have already successfully implemented. The state gave its women an all women police station. Now you may think, why do we need such a police station or how will this help solve issues in Haryana. I agree may be not so directly, but indirectly, it is a positive change.

The visible change: A woman covering her face with a veil walks to a police station with her husband to file the first information report about the stalker who has been harassing her for days. She is surrounded by men as she starts talking. Her husband is already judging her and now the surrounding intimidates her. She watches men behind bars, a man making notes while she speaks, another man asking probing questions about specific incidents, another man sketching the face of the guy who is stalking this lady. Symbols have their own language. Don’t they? She is scared and after spending hours in the police station she is wondering if she should have even come to lodge a report. She is wondering if being a woman is so wrong in this country.

A women’s police station will be easy cos she can talk openly and she needn’t hide the details that are too much to share with someone of the opposite sex. Do keep in mind that most of these women have never stepped out of the four walls of their houses. Talking personal things with a male is hard and needs a lot of courage. Here, at this station, they would not hesitate to come to the police station on their own and talk to another woman. It’s like going next door and opening up. Many times family honor is guarded and cases go unreported but knowing that a women’s help line number is right there and even a whatsapp message to the station will see action, fear will be lesser.

The subtle change: A woman covering her face with a veil walks to a police station with her husband to file the first information report about the stalker who has been harassing her for days. The guard at the door is a woman and she takes her to a station in-charge who is a woman. She talks to the officer and notices that the majority of the staff is women. Then she sees a another woman officer running to a crime scene or one riding a bike. She may see a male opening the door of the police van for the woman officer or a woman officer being driven by male chauffeur.

Do you see what I am seeing? It’s changing the perception of women this lady has seen all her life. This tells her that her daughter can also become a police woman. This tells her that education and a job command respect and women are progressing in her own small town. She goes back home being aware that though she was exploited, another woman would help her get justice. She believes that a girl or a boy, either can be breadwinner for the family.

Indian Police is way short of women officers and may be this move will attract more women to the force. This will not just create employment but also break gender stereotypes and be a positive influence on the society.

I believe in moving forward and while this may be a small step, it is still significant. Like other states have been successful, it would be great to see Haryana ensure the safety of women.

What are your thoughts? 


I am enjoying writing a non-fiction piece for Yeah Write. This one is for #229. 

54 Responses

  1. aseemrastogi2 says:

    Now that’s a really lovely initiative :). Thanks for bringing this up Parul. I guess steps like these however small they may be go a long way in making a change.

  2. Roshni says:

    This definitely is a very positive change! I agree that the majority of women would feel more comfortable relating their ordeals to another woman, provided she is non-judgmental! Hope more such police stations open up everywhere in the country!

  3. Accolades to you Parul for bringing such uplifting stories for your readers. I didn’t even know that there are states who already have all-women police stations. For Haryana it is surely a big step. I hope the outcome is as positive as the intent behind this step is.

  4. Ellen says:

    This is a brilliant idea, and that it exists in a state that is known for such negative treatment of women seems nothing short of a miracle. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Indeed a great step. I which other states too came up with the same.

  6. inquisitivegeet says:

    I or may be we know the latter Haryana mentioned in the post but initiatives like this will surely change the image of the state.. And the picture that you asked to imagine, the second one was so comforting and promised to instill so much of confidence!!!

    Cheers to the women in force!!

  7. md says:

    thanks for sharing this news. more women police officers can never be a bad thing for india. the country has a looooong way to go in protecting and realizing women’s rights, but this is a positive small step..

  8. michellelongo says:

    This sounds like a very positive step. Thanks for the informative piece!

  9. Hey Parul, that is indeed something positive…Yes there are many women who dread entering a police station, sometimes dues to misconceptions, at other times because of experience, or sheer plain fear of the unknown..small steps shall pave the path for big changes!

  10. ajaybpai says:

    I saw what you wrote @Parul. Boond boond milke samundar hota hai. Definitely things are bound to change. impresed the way u sold the story to all us readers.

  11. That is a pretty big step. And hugely positive one, too! As always, i love how you take lesser-read news and give it some focus.

  12. Isn’t that wonderful news, Parul? I’m happy to report that on recent visits to the police station here, I found that the policemen are quite sensitized with regard to gender. However, I know that Haryana is almost a different country. Let’s hope for the best!

    • Yes Corinne, I read that police force is being trained on a lot of soft skills which is so important. Glad you are saw that change. Let’s hope for the best. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  13. Bikramjit says:

    Totally 100% with this BUT we also know how the police works in our nation.

    Fingers crossed I wish and hope the subtle change that we expect does work.. and gives confidence to women to do the right thing.

    Although I feel that mentality of people need to change not just men but everyone’s to make india a great nation.

  14. Rachna says:

    I think it is definitely good news. I hope they are able to function efficiently and we certainly do need more such police stations all over India.

  15. vnktchari says:

    You have chosen a very good topic honouring women by highlighting this kind of positive achievements of women. It really makes a difference. It will serve as an inspiration to all our girls. I can see here some girl of our watchman applying for police training course which I also supported. There are definitely better days ahead.

  16. Vinitha says:

    A positive change is always welcome! Seeing more women in action will only help other women. Great post, Parul!

  17. hopingonhope says:

    This is positive. Haryana is a state with the most skewed male/female ratio.

  18. Laurel Regan says:

    This is such a fantastic development – so great to hear about it! Thank you for sharing this wonderful news – sounds like a real step in a positive direction for women.

  19. Stephanie says:

    Nice to hear good news for once! Too bad this isn’t a headliner. It should be.

  20. As an American woman, I think this is the most wonderful news. I often wish I could scoop up all of the women in the countries where they don’t have the freedoms that we do, and just bring them all over here.. I really enjoyed this post, and I will definitely curb my whining about life here sometimes. Thank you for writing this.

    • Things aren’t that bad in India but yes, in parts we do have challenges. Mostly lack of education and the need for a male child drives a lot of things. I am glad you enjoyed the post and whining – we all do, don’t we? 🙂 Thank you for stopping over my blog. Appreciate it!

  21. It comes down to what you said – it is a small step but a significant step. Especially when you consider the state – Haryana – one of the usual suspects in crimes/prejudices against women of literally all ages from newborn up in our country.

  22. This is so important for India’s women rights. I hope more advance moves such as this continues. 🙂

  23. lifelessons says:

    I never could get the button to work, but I copied and pasted the first part of your article to my blog and put a link to your site for people to read the rest. This is such an important issue. Thanks for informing us!

  24. I certainly hope all that your envisioned does come true. It would be gratifying if the women police can actually make a change for the better, not just for Haryana but for India as a whole.

  25. lifelessons says:

    Unfortunately, I can’t get your reblog button to work. I’ll keep trying. This is definitely one I want to reblog!!!

  26. Akriti says:

    Nicely written.
    Informative piece.

  27. lifelessons says:

    This is wonderful news. So many prior blog articles about women in India have been about rape and other forms of violence. I am so happy to see a positive essay!!! Vive la India, who seems to be coming forward quickly into the modern age as regards women’s rights.

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