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Policewomen too are groped

Monday, 16 December 2013 | Sakshi Chand | New Delhi

The ground situation of women and girls has not changed in the National Capital even after the horrendous episode December 16 gang-rape. The situation could be judged from the very fact that even police officials face the ignominy of being harassed and teased.

They often face lewd remarks and are groped in public transport systems such as buses and metro. The Pioneer spoke to a woman police officer Sub-Inspector Madhvi Bisht who shared her thoughts and opinion on women safety in Capital and her own experiences of being a woman police official and serving the Delhi Police for over 25 years now. SI Madhvi feels that every woman should secure herself on her own. Safety of every woman in the Capital is in their hands also. “There is no denying the fact that the situation vis-à-vis safety of woman /girls is dismal in the city but they should also make efforts to secure themselves,” said Madhvi.

She opined that people of the country should not feel scared and should fight and help women in crisis. There are many times that a girl is being eve teased by men but no one wants to help her because there think it will land them in trouble. If we all start helping each other then a revolution will take place because an accused would think ten times before doing anything since he will know that the girl/woman is not alone but people around her will rescue her as well. Handling cases related to crime against women in all aspects Madhvi feels that the law pertaining to a juvenile must be changed. Remembering one of the cases in East Delhi’s Shakarpur area where a 10-year old boy had raped a five year old she said that the torture the innocent victim went through was unbearable.

Moreover the accused was let out in just 15 days and since he lived in the neighbourhood, the pain of seeing him each day is something that is worse. The juveniles in the country are not taking the law seriously and are committing crimes having the confidence of being let off later.

Talking about the lewd remarks passed by men on other women and eve teasing that takes place she said that she doesn’t carry the tag of being a woman police official with her all the time. They are instances when we are not in uniform also. Recalling one of the incidents that happened with her she said “I was walking in the lane towards my house when a biker borne man passed a lewd remark on me. I immediately picked a stone from the road and threw at him which fortunately hit him but before I could note down the bike number or reach him he again fled,”

Incidents like these keep happening but woman should raise their voice against this. The reason for rise in cases with regard to crime against woman is because 50 percent women have come out and spoke against it but another 50 percent still need to come. SI Madhvi Bisht was appointed in the Delhi Police as a Constable in 1986. She resides in Karwal Nagar and is currently posted at Preet Vihar police station. The cases she deals with have more than 80 percent conviction rate. Her husband suffers from partial paralysis and she has three children. She is also part of the sexual harassment committee which is internally formed in the East district for any kind of harassment with regard to women police officers.

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