Police personnel to be taught gender sensitisation

Neeraj Kumar

Often criticised for their 'insensitive' approach towards victims of sexual assault, Delhi Police personnel will now be imparted special lessons on gender sensitisation and how to investigate rape cases.

Coming in the wake of the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedical student that sparked a national outrage, the men in khaki would be taught 'Investigation of Rape Cases' by woman police officers.

An initiative of the Delhi Police to sensitise its personnel to deal with such cases, the course was on Wednesday launched at the Specialised Training Centre in Rajendra Nagar by Justice Geeta Mittal of Delhi High Court and Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research.

Referring to the societal divide, Kumari said women are always treated as "second-grade citizens" even at home while boys have ample freedom which later develops into arrogance.

Rape and other sexual offences need special attention from the police as a woman would come to them only as a last resort, she told the personnel.

"A woman comes to you as her last resort, when all her other options are exhausted. In that case, you need to be empathetic to her," said Kumari.

Echoing similar views, Justice Mittal said, "Women in our society have no choice of their own because everything is dictated by her father, then her husband and then her son."

Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said deploying a female constable at women's help desk is not enough because "it is not necessary that she would be sensitive to women because both men and women in our society today have the same mentality that men should dominate women.

"A father would proudly claim that his son is a goonda and he has five girlfriends but the same father won't say that his daughter has five male friends. So rape is not just a law and order problem and to eradicate it, we need to address the gender divide in the society," he said.

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