Dikshit calls for recruiting more women in police force

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New Delhi, Feb 13 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today called for recruiting more women in the police force for ''sensitive'' and ''effective'' handling of women-related issues.

''If there are more women police officials, women will feel comfortable in reporting sensitive issues instead of talking to male officers,'' Ms Dikshit said after releasing National Commission for Women's booklet and CD on legal rights --''Meera Didi Se Poocho''.

The Chief Minister said the women police personnel should also be deployed in PCR Vans to ensure effective handling of women-related cases effectively.

Calling upon women to gaining economic and social status, Ms Dikshit said women must become role models.

''The contribution of women in public life has a long history but it is unfortunate that she has to fight for equal status even today,'' she added.

''If this is the situation in urban areas, the scene in rural areas is no better as women still do not have the independence to take decisions,'' she pointed out.

She urged women to get educated to claim their rights instead of just accepting what is handed out to them.

''It is time for women to unite and prove that they are not weak or meek,'' she added.

About the booklet, NCW Chairperson Girija Vyas said the book will create awareness among women about their legal rights.

Dr Vyas said the Commission will translate the book in various regional languages and ensure their distribution at the village level for success of the campaign.

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