Patna, Oct 22: Bihar police force, with just 1.03 per cent of women in its fold, appears to be 'unfair' towards the fair sex. Even after the recomendation for enhancing the strength of women in the force and bringing them to the mainstream of policing, the department was still to implement the suggestions made by several quarters.
Bihar has nearly 893 women police personnel against the total strength of 86,260 police.
With nearly 7369 women in police, Tamil Nadu is on top of the list of states having women in police, followed by Maharashtra where their strength is 3507. Kerala, Punjab and Gujarat have more than 2000 women in the police machinery, official documents revealed.
It further mentioned that the strength of women in the higher ranks of the police machinery was deplorable. In the rank of Deputy Inspector General and senior police superintendent there are only a few women all over the country and their strength can be counted on finger tips.
According to official sources, of the total 86,260 police personnel in Bihar, 150 belong to the IPS cadre. The state, where incidence of crime is high, the law and order situation is managed by 58,109 constables, 460 additional police superintendents and DSPs, 5,688 Assistant Sub Inspector, 250 subedars, 507 inspectors, 1,667 sergants, 7,654 sub inspectors and 11,775 havildars.
Of the total strength of women in police, Bihar has nearly 92 women constables, 51 sub inspectors, one inspector, 11 assistant sub inspectors, 18 havildar rank officers.
''The dismal strength of women in police reveals the governments intention towards the women,'' opined Shanti Ojha, a social worker and activist working for the uplift of women in Bihar. She felt that that the government had yet not explored the talent of women and said they could be helpful in maintaining peace and harmony.