- The Mahila Police Volunteer initiative was launched in Haryana today. By launching the initiative in Karnal and Mahendragarh districts, Haryana became the first state to adopt this scheme.
More Details about the Initiative:
- It envisages creation of a link between the police authorities and the local communities in villages through police volunteers who will be women specially trained for this purpose.
- The gap between Police and Civil society will be bridged by Mahila Police Volunteers initiative.
- Women volunteers should consider the initiative as a voluntary service.
Initiatives for holistic empowerment of women
- In order to realize the goal of gender equality, Government of India has undertaken several initiatives for holistic empowerment of women.
- The Government of India is extremely concerned with regard to safety and security of women and treats it with “zero tolerance”. The WCD Ministry has been prioritizing issues related to the safety of women at the highest level with a holistic approach with a view to balance both preventive & curative aspects, proper & effective implementation of various laws and provisions available for safety of girls/women.
- However, it is a matter of common knowledge that women who are victims of violence or harassment may not find it easy to approach the police or other authorities for getting help or support. It was, therefore, desirable to provide an effective alternative for getting help and support.
- To supplement the ongoing efforts towards gender equality, the Mahila Police Volunteer Initiative was envisaged in collaboration with Ministry of Home Affairs to facilitate Police force through community volunteerism.
- Police plays an important role in safety and security of citizens in general and women in particular.
- In order to provide a link between police and community and facilitate women in distress, one Mahila Police Volunteer (MPV) is envisaged per Gram Panchayat across the country.
- These will be selected through a laid out procedure from among the empowered, responsible, socially aware women who will facilitate police outreach on gender concerns.