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Only seven woman officers heading police stations out of 215 across J&K

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 22:  In a state where Chief Minister is a woman, only seven lady officers were heading police stations out of total 215 across Jammu and Kashmir. Out of total 215 Police Station spread across 22 civil districts (25 Police districts) in Jammu and Kashmir State, only seven police stations were headed by female officers and rest of 208 commanded by male Station House Officers, a RTI activist here today said.
Out of these seven Police Stations, six are all women police stations, means factually only one general police station is being headed by a female officer, he said adding that one of the 25 police districts was headed by a lady officer.
In addition to this, on the question of representation to lady police officers on other significant positions in the state only two armed police Battalions (IRP) were headed by female commandants.  Moreover there were only two lady officers in the task team assigned for managing traffic in both the capital cities of the state ie Srinagar and Jammu.
Besides this no other significant post is held by a lady police officer in the entire state which itself is headed by a women Chief Minister. The information was provided by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Headquarters in response to an application of RTI activist Raman Sharma.
Sharma said that in a reply it was mentioned that there was no separate norm for postings and promotions however their transfer was governed by a general policy of transfers which was also applicable to male colleagues.
“Though the transfer policy regulation does not have any specific guideline for the transfers/postings of the lady cops, however, General Principle Rule 4 of transfer policy document issued by the PHQ vide their order no 2615/2012 dated 21/07/2012 states that where both husband and wife are serving in the police department, they may be conveniently posted as far as possible subject to availability of the post and keeping in view the interest of the administration as well,” he added.
It is pertinent to mention here that earlier also in an RTI reply, the State police had admitted that representation of women in the police department was less than 4 per cent and majority of them constitute in the constabulary only.

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