(Image source: The Guardian)

 

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS

 

 

Following the brutal gang-rape that led to the death of a 23-year-old medical student in New Dehli, the city has announced it will increase its numbers of women in the police force.

 

The Hindustan Times reports that women currently account for only 9% of New Dehli police officers. The city, however, is now calling for the addition of some 2,500 policewomen to bring that number to 33%. In a statement, the Union Home Minister said.

 

"It is high time, as a country we have to woke up. Our inability to protect women and weaker sections of the society is a huge, huge problem."

 

Activists have criticized the police’s reportedly slow response in the rape case. The rape victim’s male friend who was with her at the time has spoken out -- accusing the police of wasting time arguing over jurisdiction for 30 minutes before taking the pair to the hospital.

 

This comes as on-going demonstrations continue throughout India -- with protesters demanding tougher rape legislation and reform of a culture that widely tolerates crimes against women. Their demands have triggered several other sweeping changes.

 

Thousands of police officers will take part in special training sessions for cases that deal with women, and India’s Supreme Court has agreed to examine ways to fast-track rape cases, which can often take up to many years, if they even reach court to begin with.

The announcement comes one day before the five suspects charged for the rape are scheduled to appear publicly for the first time in court. 

New Delhi to Increase Women Police Officers After Gang Rape

by Elizabeth Hagedorn
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Jan 6, 2013

New Delhi to Increase Women Police Officers After Gang Rape

 

(Image source: The Guardian)

 

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS

 

 

Following the brutal gang-rape that led to the death of a 23-year-old medical student in New Dehli, the city has announced it will increase its numbers of women in the police force.

 

The Hindustan Times reports that women currently account for only 9% of New Dehli police officers. The city, however, is now calling for the addition of some 2,500 policewomen to bring that number to 33%. In a statement, the Union Home Minister said.

 

"It is high time, as a country we have to woke up. Our inability to protect women and weaker sections of the society is a huge, huge problem."

 

Activists have criticized the police’s reportedly slow response in the rape case. The rape victim’s male friend who was with her at the time has spoken out -- accusing the police of wasting time arguing over jurisdiction for 30 minutes before taking the pair to the hospital.

 

This comes as on-going demonstrations continue throughout India -- with protesters demanding tougher rape legislation and reform of a culture that widely tolerates crimes against women. Their demands have triggered several other sweeping changes.

 

Thousands of police officers will take part in special training sessions for cases that deal with women, and India’s Supreme Court has agreed to examine ways to fast-track rape cases, which can often take up to many years, if they even reach court to begin with.

The announcement comes one day before the five suspects charged for the rape are scheduled to appear publicly for the first time in court. 

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