Key Facts

11.53% women in Police

0.00% of personnel vacancy in all women police stations

33.00% of reservation for women introduced in 2016

 


0 All Women Police Stations

Police Data

Data on police strength and administrative units has been taken from the Data on Police Organization as on 1.1.2016 published by the Bureau of Police Research and Development, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

b. Total Number of Police Units

Police Unit Total Number
Police Zones 0
Police Ranges 0
Police Districts 3
Police sub-Divisions 7
Police Circles 0
Police Stations 24
Police Outposts 26

c. Police-population ratio (Police personnel per lakh of population)

  Sanctioned Actual
Civil Police 673.92 646.40
Total Police 803.60 705.94

d. Rank-wise Number and Percentage of Women in Police as on 1.1.2017

No Rank Total Police (Actual) Women Police (Actual) Women Police as % of total police
1 DGP/Spl DGP 1    
2 Addl. DGP 0    
3 IGP 1    
4 DIG 0    
5 AIGP/SSP/SP/Comn 12 4 33.33
6 Addl. SP/Dy. Comn   5  
7 ASP/DySP 19   0
8 Inspector 53 9 16.98
9 Sub-Inspector 183 19 10.38
10 Assistant Sub-Inspector 14 2 14.28
11 Head Constable 662 43 6.49
12 Constable 2,980 396 13.28
  Total 3,925 478 12.17

e. Total number of Districts and Police Stations headed by Women

Police Units Strength
Total Police Districts 1
Districts headed by women (specialized police stations) 0
Total Police Stations 24
Police Stations headed by Women as on 31.07.2016* 1

*information received through Right to Information Act.

All Women Police Stations

a. Total Number of All-Women Police Stations

There are no All-Women Police Stations in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.  A Special Cell working as Crime against Women has issued a Standing Order no. R/65/93/3528 dated 11th November, 1993 for All-Women Police Station duties and responsibilities.  The order however, states that an All-Women Police Station is opened at Port Blair and will have jurisdiction over entire South Andaman.

b. Rank-wise sanctioned and actual strength of police personnel in each All-Women Police Station

There are no All-Women Police Stations in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.  The following detail is for the rank-wise sanctioned and actual strength of police personnel in the Crime against Women Cell:-

Rank  Sanctioned Actual
Inspector -- 1
Sub-Inspector 1 1
ASI -- --
Head Constables 3 3
Constables 8 12

c. Mandate, functions and powers

The functions and mandate of the Crimes against Women cells are as follows:

  • Dowry
  • Enquiry into all petitions, preferred by women on behalf of women
  • Tracing and look after stray and run-away females
  • Counselling in domestic disputes and discords
  • Crime investigation
  • Registration and Investigation of IPC cases involving women
  • Providing a guard and escort for female prisoner

d. Evaluation of All-Women Police Stations

No attempt has been made by the Andaman & Nicobar Police Department to evaluate the performance of Crime against Women Cell.

Reservation

a. Overall percentage of reservation for women in police and the ranks to which the sanctioned reservation applies

Andaman & Nicobar Island has 33% horizontal reservation for women against total vacancies in Andaman and Nicobar Police Department for direct recruitment at the ranks of Sub-Inspector and Constable.  The reservation applies only for the executive branch of the A&N police.

b. Policy for achieving the reservation percentage

The department has not provided copies of any notification laying down the reservation policy.  It also does not provide any information on any action plan drawn up by the department for achieving the sanctioned reservation.                       

Recruitment

a. Existence of separate cadre for men and women.

There are no special norms.  Transfer policy of rank of inspector and constable done as per terms of rule 6.20(a) of the A&N police manual, 1963 and departmental order.

b. Induction of women in posts where direct recruitment takes place.

The reservation for women only applies in direct recruitment at the ranks of Sub-Inspector and Constable.

c. Special outreach steps or programs taken by the department to recruit women

The RTI reply refers to the reservation policy of 33%.  It does not address the issue of special measures to increase the strength of women in the police.  

The department however has shared a letter sent by the Director General of Police, Andaman & Nicobar Islands to the MHA dated 21.12.2015 listing down steps taken to implement recommendations of the 6th National Conference of Women in Police. These include:

Sub theme 1:  Professionalism and capacity building for women considering the limited exposure of women police officers to core police functions in the past:-

  • Separate crime against women cell (caw) set up with jurisdiction over A&N islands headed by lady inspector as charge.
  • Training programs on sensitization and capacity building of woman police officials and personnel regularly being held at the training school of Protharpur.
  • Exclusive rest rooms and toilets for woman police personnel available at all police establishments and stations and offices. At present no senior woman police officer designated as nodal officer                                  

Sub theme 2:  Attitudinal changes: department is adopting open recruitment for both men and women as per prevailing recruitment rules. 33% reservation for women in direct recruitment in non gazetted posts from constable to sub inspector in A&N police already made.

Sub theme 3:  Meeting the expectations of the society:  4 woman police personnel posted in 19 police station and far flung remote islands.       

Sub theme 4:  Induction of more women in police force:  present total of 10.94% woman police personnel posted in which 14.25% woman police personnel are posted in executive posts.

No Crèches and child care facilities in any unit, however, a nursery school and tuition center is functional at police lines for wards of police personnel. Also, states that it is following central government norms in maternity and child care leave.

The department has also shared that exclusive women restrooms and toilets is being provided for in new police buildings under construction based on the recommendations of 6th National Conference of Women in Police and 21st report of the parliamentary standing committee on empowerment of women.  Besides 2 quarters outstations are earmarked as ladies barrack accommodation for women personnel posted at out stations of union territories.

Transfer and Posting

a. Special norms on postings and transfer exclusively for women in police at all ranks from Deputy Superintendent of Police to Constable

Andaman and Nicobar Police does not have any specific norm for posting and transfer of women police personnel.  The department follows the A&N Police Manual, 1963, which lays down a transfer policy for police personnel from the ranks of Inspector to Constable.  The police further issued a Departmental Order dated 21 January 2016 (Order No. DGP/Estt/Trans/Policy/2-59/91-07/486) laying down additional guidelines on transfer of the personnel which have a bearing on all police personnel in general, and women personnel in particular.  For instance, among other things, the Order states that that transfer and posting requests of officials whose children are studying in class 10th and 12th be considered sympathetically and accommodated. 

b. Special norms for promotion for women in police at all ranks from Deputy Superintendent of Police to Constable

The department does not have any separate norm for promotion of women.

Women & Child Helpdesk

a. Constitution of Women and Child Help Desks

Women and Child Help Desks have been set up in all 21 police stations of Andaman & Nicobar Islands under Standing Order (SO) No. 2177 dated 4th April 2014.

b. Mandate, functions and powers of Women and Child Help Desks

The mandate as mentioned in the SO has to be followed by the desk officers and staff.  They have to be:-

  1. Polite & Caring to women and Children
  2. Listen to complainant/victim with patience
  3. Provide drinking water and use of toilet
  4. Ensure the details are kept confidential and facilitate in lodging complaint of FIR
  5. Provide services without being judgmental and baised due to caste, creed, current situation, family background or past history
  6. Uphold the dignity and respect of the complainant/victim
  7. Not give any wrong hopes and information
  8. Desk officer shall be responsible for receiving all complaints lodged at police station by women and children.
  9. A register format should be maintained and checked by the Station house officer daily and SDPOs once a week.
  10. If there is commission of any cognizable offence by a women or child, it is the duty of the desk officer to get the case registered immediately and give a copy of the FIR to the complainant free of cost.
  11. If there is no commission of any cognizable case then the desk officer shall enter the fact in the general diary and concerned register, inform and advise the victim to opt for other available recourse towards the situation.
  12. The desk officer, assigned to the Women and Child Help Desk, should be conversant with laws in force relating to women and children including special provisions relating to them and ensure that these are implemented in letter and spirit.
  13. Copies of Laws/rules related to Women and Children should be readily available at all the helpdesks.
  14. Traumatized women victims and children require counselling and temporary shelter, Desk officer should arrange to refer such cases to Short Stay homes, destitute Homes and Children Homes. A List of such functionaries should be made, with Addresses and contact details.
  15. NGOs working for the same cause should be accessible and Desk Officer should maintain a list of the same with Address and Contact details.
  16. Women victims, and Children may require medical attention for their medico legal examination and treatment, the Desk Officer, should maintain a list of the same and lady doctors available in the police stations jurisdiction/sub-division for referring cases.
  17. No photographs be allowed after raids as law prohibits revealing of names.

The SO also enlists specific duties and responsibilities while handling Delinquent Juveniles and Accused/Arrested Women.

  1. No lady or children shall be made to stay for a long period in the police station
  2. The women victims/accused persons shall be dealt with all decency and due regard to their honor and dignity, so that they do not feel harassed at the hands of the police on plea of examination or interrogation.
  3. Similarly, child victims and juveniles in conflict with law shall be taken care of and dealt with sympathy in accordance with law.
  4. Examination/ interrogation of traumatized women victims/accused and delinquent juveniles shall be done in a separate room of the police station with due regard of their privacy.
  5. In addition to the tasks at the Help Desks the Offices and constables at the Help Desks shall perform duties of the police station assigned to them.

c. Rank and gender-wise strength of Women and Child Help Desks

A woman police officer in the rank of Sub Inspector/Assistant Sub Inspector/Head Constable is designated as desk officer of the women and children help desk.  At least one lady constable is to be exclusively posted to assist the desk officer through specific order by the concerned DSP.

The following officers are designated to look after the women and child help desks:

At least two police officers:  1 Sub-Inspector/Assistant Sub-Inspector/Head Constable and 1 Head Constable and Constable.

At least One Lady Constable to assist the Desk Officer.

Training

a. Training Policy for different ranks

Police Training School for constables is at Protharpur.  The school is imparting basic training to Constables and promotional courses to Head Constables. Guidelines as per Standing order no 441, dated 21st January 2009 for Police Constables, and standing order 528 dated 2nd February 2015 as a promotional training course as a “Lower School Course.”  Besides this institute imparted basic training to newly appointed Forest Guards and Foresters of A&N Forest Department also.

b. Joint or separate training for men and women

Joint training for men and women.

c. Special facilities for women in training institutions

There are separate accommodation facilities, including separate toilet blocks and barracks for women trainees and faculties.  However, the RTI states that process to revise the existing basic training course for police constables, to include topics of presenting crime scenarios, gender sensitization, police-public relation is underway.

d. Gender-wise break up of faculty at training institutions

Indoor faculty is 10 in number and outdoor faculty is 22 in number.  The gender-wise breakup has not been provided in the RTI.

Maternity & Child Care Leave

a. Maternity Leave

Maternity Leave : 180 days of maternity leave is available for women police officers from Deputy Superintendent to Police Constable.

b. Child Care Leave

Child Care Leave:  730 days of child care leave is provided for women police officers from Deputy Superintendent to Police Constable.

Budget for Women Police

a. Total Police Budget [2013-2016]

Financial Year Amount (in crores Rs) %increase from previous year
2013-2014 216.88  
2014-2015 248.94 14.78
2015-2016 277.22 11.36

b. Allocation for women from the state police budget

There is no separate allocation exclusively for facilities and infrastructure for women personnel in the state budget.

c. Allocation for women under the Modernization of Police Force Scheme

No separate budget for woman police, all costs of building inclusive of cost for necessary facilities of woman police           

2014-15 no state action plan,

2015-16 proposal under police modernization scheme on non-plan expenditure has been submitted to joint sec. MHA dated 15/67 (pf-v)/3098 dated 12/06/15 which is pending.

2016-17 proposal of modernization of police forces details for requirement of A&N police department under MPF submitted to Assistant. Secretary (home) A&N administration, Port Blair vide letter dated DGP/Genl/5/1/2016(PMS)/3832, dated 23rd July 2016, is pending with MHA.

New Developments

No information available.