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In Haryana, only women police to probe rape cases; shortage of women police a major concern in the way
Haryana Police has said that cases related to sexual violence against women will now be taken over by the women cops only. The decision is a result of the recommendations by the Center where they asked for sensitive and efficient policing.

The number of rape cases reported by Haryana police in 2013 were 927 whereas in 2012 the state police registered 686 rape cases and reportedly 733 in 2011. This clearly shows how the number of sexual violence cases have shoot up in the state.

While speaking to us Nazneen Bhasin, DCP East, Gurgaon district said that the decision has come at a right time.

“We will comply to the situation as sexual violence cases are very sensitive. The Haryana Police is committed towards providing assistance to women at any given time. We will try to fast track the cases in order to give them justice. The number of sexual violence cases have increased and thus I feel the decision has come at the right time”, said Nazneen Bhasin, DCP East, Gurgaon.

Kavita Krishnan, a prominent women's rights activist and Secretary, All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA) while giving her views on the announcement said that rather than focusing  on who should handle the cases of rapes the government should foucs on the measure to protect  women.

“The decision taken by the Haryana Police is not helpful at all. It actually shows the attitude of the government authorities and top cops that men will be men and cannot perform their roles and responsibilities as a cop efficiently. The decision is absolutely wrong. We should focus on the safety of women and not who is handling the cases,” said Krishnan.
Some are for and some are against the decision made by the top authorities in the hierarchy. Rama Rani Raathi, a Councilor from Gurgaon while supporting the decision said, “According to me it's a correct decision made by the Haryana Police. Men cops won't understand the situation of a woman who faced sexual abuse.”

Whether this step will be helpful or not entirely depends on the adequate availability Women cops in the state police force. As for now shortage of women cops in Haryana Police is one of the main concerns.

Rama Rani Raathi added, “A women cop will not only make her comfortable, even the victim will open up about the case. A women cop will understand the point of view of the victim. I am aware there is a shortage of women personnel however the recruitment has gotten better with the time.”
In a major decision last month the  Haryana Government had shuffled many police personnel, where several women police personnel were brought into public service from traffic police.

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