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Govt announces 33% woman quota in UTs’ police forces

The government said the decision will also instill confidence among women and enable them to approach police without hesitation for seeking protection and assistance.

The Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its nod to the decision which comes against the backdrop of rising demands for concrete actions to curb crimes against women, more so after the ghastly Delhi gang-rape case in December 2012.

Noting the changes made in criminal laws following the recommendations of the Justice (retd) Verma committee, the government said in a statement that a “skewed police force” is a major practical barrier in effective implementation of legislations intended for the protection of women. The reservation will also cover reserved categories like SCs, STs and OBCs, it said.
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