Patna: Taking a step further toward women empowerment, Bihar police on Friday handed over identity cards to 500 ‘Ladli Cops’, an exclusive team of trained girls for community policing.
Set up with the help of a Patna based NGO, Prayas Bharti, ‘Ladli Cops’ were selected from different colleges in the city and rural areas of the district. ADG (law and order) Alok Raj distributed the ID cards among them.
“Prayas Bharti founder Suman Lal submitted the dynamic project of ‘Ladli Cops’. Urban women always hesitate from going to the police station to lodge their protest against sexist remarks or sexual assaults. ‘Ladli Cops’ would work as the voice of their colleagues and eyes and ears of the police,” Raj said.
The ADG said 100% policing was not possible as population was growing very fast and proper crime prevention needs quick response time which is very poor. “The trained girls would work as informer and will work in coordination with the local police station and quick mobiles. There are around 1,000 hostels and apartments where girls and women are staying alone. ‘Ladli Cops’ will be very useful for them,” he told TOI and added that the project would be launched in other districts as well.
Suman said women generally look up to male members for protection. “But Ladli Cops have been trained to overcome the psychological barrier and react,” Suman added.
The ADG said, “We would provide women constables to train the girls in self-defence and also counsel them to speak out about their problems. One policeman from every police station will be in touch with the ‘Ladli Cops’ of the area concerned and will assist them in registering cases and further investigation.”
Sources said ‘Gram Raksha Dal’ was constituted as women community policing in Rohtas a few years back to stop petty crimes like robbery, hooch, etc. Surprisingly, the village women turned out to be brave and the group is working in five villages there. Police provide them torch, lathi and other instruments to tackle petty crime in their areas.