“She must have done something unethical or else she isn’t worth of this”, must have often heard people saying. A woman in our society no matter however successful she becomes, whether she is the CEO of a multinational company, a successful lawyer, an accomplished civil servant chances of her being judged on her looks and her personal life comes first.
They shall talk about your accomplishments only when it suits them. So, basically years of her struggle to reach a designation is summed up as “unethical ways”.
Presently, a word ‘misogyny’ have entered mainstream vocabulary. ‘Misogyny’ or ‘hatred for women’, a new addition to already existing patriarchal society and sexism. However, Indian women are gradually seen flourishing breaking all gender biased norms and have registered a strong presence in various fields.
Today, we see women IPS officers heading the paramilitary forces, Chief commissioners and dealing with chronic Naxalites problem in our country.
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The job profile of an IPS officer is very challenging, dynamic as well as needs great commitment. There are many brave and dedicated women IPS officers who along with handling their personal life chores have very well performed their duty making their country proud. So, let’s talk about few of such brave souls :-
Also, known as ‘Iron Lady’ of Assam, her name is enough to fill terror in the hearts of Bodo militants of Assam as she shot down more than 16 Bodo militants arrested over 64, and seized tons of ammunition within a span of just 15 months. She believes that women have to work twice as hard as to be considered even half as good as the men in the police force.
She became the first woman Gorkha IPS officer from Sikkim. She wanted to become a public servant to make sure that people’s problems are heard and responded to. She had cracked UPSC two times both in 2011 and 2012 and became the first Sikkimese to get such a high rank in these exams. She has also won many awards which proved her ability.
Chhaya Sharma, who was DCP of Delhi Police when the Nirbhaya case happened in 2012. She led the team of 41 members that investigated the gang rape and murder case, and nabbed the accused in a record time of just one week. She is also the first Indian police officer to receive the McCain Award for Courage and Leadership in Solving Humanitarian and Societal issues, by the Arizona State University, US.
Merin Joseph made history by becoming the youngest IPS officer in the Kerala cadre at the age of 25. Also, she became the youngest officer in the list of people to lead the Indian Delegates for The Y20 Summit. She is widely known for one of her case which came up while reviewing pending cases, she came across a rape case of 13-year-old girl that was pending for two years and arrested the accused from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Sangeeta cracked civil services exams twice but got IPS cadre in her third attempt in 2009. The lady officer was shunted out in 2015 after she had an argument with Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij, after he accused that a liquor smuggling has been happening due to police force, she refused to bow down in front of these false allegations and was therefore transferred.
Even after proving themselves repeatedly, women unfortunately still faces work discrimination. A police service should be a representation of every section in the society, which is exactly why having more women in the workspace will help.
Also, looking at the present situations recruiting more and more female officer is actually beneficial as they will be more responsive towards women abusive cases and also they are good communicators which will help build a good relationship between police and the public.