Topic: Role of women
1. “There is a need to shift from tokenism and ensure women a central rather than a peripheral role in the police.” Discuss. (250 words)
Reference: Tribune India
Why the question:
The editorial talks about the key role that women can play in Police.
Key Demand of the question:
Discuss in detail the need to shift from tokenism and ensure women a central rather than a peripheral role in the police.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
The role of women in the police has been steadily increasing, though at a slow pace. We acknowledge the hitherto unrecognized but steady contribution of our women police personnel, who apart from performing their professional obligations; have also been championing the cause of women’s empowerment. The induction of women in the police has helped in empowering them and reducing crime against them.
The answer body must have the following aspects covered:
- Need for a gender-diverse police force: enhanced role of women in police – create a safe and secure environment for women, enhance wellbeing of others, perform the unique role of women etc.
- Concerns related to representation of women in police: Low representation: Only 13% of total state police force is women, Lack of women in leadership and cutting-edge positions, Marginal role in overall law enforcement, Gender-specific issues are overlooked and neglected etc.
Conclude with suitable way forward.