Economic independence empowers women: DGP

Economic independence empowers women: DGP
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Director General of Police Anurag Sharma on Sunday observed that raising the number of female police personnel would not help the cause of women empowerment unless the women empower themselves by becoming economically independent.

Hyderabad: Director General of Police Anurag Sharma on Sunday observed that raising the number of female police personnel would not help the cause of women empowerment unless the women empower themselves by becoming economically independent. The DGP was speaking during an event organised by Telangana CID and Hyderabad Police's SHE Teams to raise awareness on legal rights and self-defence techniques for women at Necklace Road here.

"There can be no real empowerment of women only by providing more number of women police stations and by posting more number of women in police stations and at help desks manned by women unless they become economically independent. They will become empowered only when they achieve economic independence," he said. He said that the State government has provided 33 per cent reservation for women in the Police Department.

"Therefore, we will see more women SIs and constables in all THE police stations," he said. Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy said as many as 100 'SHE Teams' are working in the city and keeping an eye on the eve-teasers. The offenders, apart from being booked are also counseled in the presence of their parents and spouses, he said.

Officers of the SHE Team, who are in civil dress, are deployed near colleges and other public places. Hyderabad police set up SHE teams to crack down on eve-teasers and stalkers in October 2014 and it started operating all over Telangana from April 2015. A single SHE Team comprises of a male or female sub-inspector, a woman police constable and three police constables who carry hidden cameras for video recording.

"We are providing one lakh CCTV cameras in each lane and street of every colony, and all the cameras will be linked to the command and control centre in the Police Commissionerate, and any incident at any place will be immediately known within seconds to the police," Reddy said. Actor Ram Charan Tej, who participated in the event, said there should be a change in the attitude of men towards women.

A CD containing SHE Teams' songs CD and their website were also inaugurated by the DGP. Over 3,000 girls from different colleges, NGOs and others participated in the event.

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