Key Facts

7.73% women in Police

0.00% of personnel vacancy in all women police stations

20.00% of reservation for women introduced in 2016









35 All Women Police Stations

Police Data

Data on police strength and administrative units has been taken from the Data on Police Organization as on 1.1.2019 published by the Bureau of Police Research and Development, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.  

List of tables

Rank-wise Sanctioned and Actual Strength of Police, Number of Police Units, Police-Population Ratio (Police personnel per lakh of population), Rank-wise Number and Percentage of Women in Police, Number of Police Stations and Districts headed by Women.  

a. Rank-wise sanctioned and actual strength of police (armed + civil + district armed reserve)

No Rank Sanctioned Actual Vacancy
1 DGP/Spl DGP 6 6 0
2 Addl. DGP 22 21 1
3 IGP 28 19 9
4 DIG 19 12 7
5 AIGP/SSP/SP/Comn 130 110 20
6 Addl. SP/Dy. Comn 121 78 43
7 ASP/DySP 570 435 135
8 Inspector 1498 1266 232
9 Sub-Inspector 4381 2842 1539
10 Assistant Sub-Inspector 10699 8292 2407
11 Head Constable 31740 28405 3335
12 Constable 67016 47523 19493
13 Others 0 0 0
  Total 1,16,230 89,009 27,221

b. Total number of police units

Police Unit  
Police Zones 0
Police Ranges 7
Police Districts 30
Police sub-Divisions 142
Police Circles 228
Police Stations 1,048
Police Outposts 278

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

  Sanctioned Actual
Civil Police 100.98 85.92
Total Police 182.34 139.64

d. Rank-wise number and percentage of women in police

No Rank Total Police (Actual) Women Police (Actual) Women Police as % of total police
1 DGP/Spl DGP 6 1 16.67%
2 Addl. DGP 21 1 4.76%
3 IGP 19 1 5.26%
4 DIG 12 0 0.00%
5 AIGP/SSP/SP/Comn 110 20 18.18%
6 Addl. SP/Dy. Comn 78 22 28.21%
7 ASP/DySP 435 12 2.76%
8 Inspector 1266 47 3.71%
9 Sub-Inspector 2842 333 11.72%
10 Assistant Sub-Inspector 8292 316 3.81%
11 Head Constable 28405 926 3.26%
12 Constable 47523 5202 10.95%
13 Others 0 0 0.00%
  Total 89009 6881 7.73%

e. Total number of police stations and districts headed by women

Police Units Strength
Total Police Districts 30
Districts headed by women as on 31.07.2016 (specialized police stations) (RTI) *There are 5 women police inspectors at the post of SHO.
Total Police Stations 932
Police Stations headed by Women as on 31.07.2016 (RTI) No information has been provided.

All Women Police Stations

a. Total Number of All-Women Police Station

There are 35 All Women Police Stations in Karnataka. A list of the women police stations in Karnataka is enclosed here.

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

No information has been provided regarding the rank-wise strength of the women police stations.

c. Mandate, functions and Powers

No information received.

d. Evaluation of All-Women Police Stations

The Office of the Director General and Inspector General of Police has replied that attempts have been made by Karnataka Evaluation Authority which is at the stage of discussion, and therefore, there is no notification regarding the same.


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

Karnataka police provides reservation for women only in select posts for which direct recruitment takes place.  Direct recruitment takes place at the rank of Police Constable and Police Sub-Inspector.  The rank of Police Constables consists of five cadres: Civil, Armed, Wireless, Finger Print Bureau (FPB). Of these, there is 20% reservation for women for Police constable (civil) and 10% for the other cadres. Similarly, there is 20% reservation for women at the rank of Police sub-Inspector (Civil).

b. Policy for achieving the reservation percentage

No information has been received.


a. Existence of separate cadre for men and women

Among the 5 cadres in Police Constable, there is no separate cadre for Civil, Wireless and FPB, whereas there is a separate cadre for women in the KSRP and KSISF cadres.  In Police Sub-Inspector there are Civil, Armed, Wireless, FPB, Intelligence, KSRP and KSISF. Similarly, there is no separate cadre for women in Police Sub-Inspector (Civil, Wireless, and FPV) whereas there is a separate cadre for women in Sub-Inspector (KSRP and KSISF).

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

Direct recruitment takes place for the posts of Constable and Sub-Inspector as per the Karnataka Gazetted Probationers (Appointment by Competitive Examination) Rules, 1977.

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

The process of recruitment involves various stages such as Endurance Test, Physical Standard Test, Written Examination, Viva-voce in Police Sub-Inspector recruitment.  Relaxation has been given for women candidates in the endurance test as compared to men. 

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

No information received.

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

No information received.

Women & Child Helpdesk

a. Constitution of Women and Child Help Desks

No information received.

b. Mandate, functions and powers

No information received.

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

No information received.  


a. Training Policy for different ranks

No information available.

b. Joint or separate training for men and women

The Karnataka Police Academy, Mysuru, and the Police Training Academy, Kalaburgi, stated that joint training is provided at their respective training institutes at all levels – basic training, in-service, new courses, refreshment and other training courses.  The Karnataka State Police Training School (KSPTS), Channapatna responded that the refresher course and basic level training provided at Channapatna is solely applicable to men.

Note: Pursuant to this information from KSPTS, a representative from CHRI had a telephonic conversation with KSPTS, Channapatna where it was stated that both men and women police personnel are trained at KSPTS, Channapatna. Therefore, it is unclear as to whether the training at KSPTS, Channapatna includes women police trainees. 

c. Special facilities for women in training academies

The Karnataka Police Academy and the Police Training Academy stated that separate hostel and toilet facilities are provided to men and women police. The KSPTS responded saying that separate facilities are not provided at Channapatana since the trainees consist of fresh male recruits only.

Gender Sensitization Course

According to the response received from the Office of the Inspector General of Police Training, a three-day training module on gender sensitization is included in the syllabus of permanent and temporary police training institutions in Karnataka.  The objective of the module is to build the capacity of police with emphasis on “attitudinal” change through understanding of gender, power relations and patriarchal influences.  This is provided to:

Key personnel handling cases and documentation at the police station including Sub-Inspectors, Assistants to the Investigating Officers, Writes and Computer Operators; Mid-level officers including Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dy. Superintendents of Police and Police inspectors; and Dy. Superintendent of Police, Sub-Inspectors of Police and Police Constables at the Recruitment level.

The course includes sessions covering the following topics:  Gender and Power Relations; An Institutional Analysis of Violence; Violence Against Women: Legislations, Procedures, Issues before the Police; Rights of Children and Responsibilities of the Police – Legislations and Procedures; Prevention and Management of Cases relating to Child Sexual Abuse; Combating Trafficking in Women and Children, Issues before the Police; Post Trauma Management and Counselling Skills in Police Work.

d. Gender-wise break up of total staff strength of police at training institutions:

S. No.

Training academy




Karnataka Police Academy, Mysuru




Police training College, Kalaburgi




KSPTS, Channapattana









* Detailed gender-wise breakdown of total staff strength at Karnataka Police Academy, Mysuru and Police Training College, Kalaburgi is enclosed here.  It is noted that in both training schools, 58.39% of the female staff are employed as ‘followers’ who provide general services including and not limited to cleaning, making and providing refreshments, filing and the like.

Maternity & Child Care Leave

a. Maternity Leave

Karnataka provides 180 days maternity leave to women government employees.  The Government of Karnataka issued an order dated 14.06.2012 (Government Order No. FD 4 SRS 2012) increasing the maternity leave from 135 days to 180 days with effect from 1.04.2012 subject to the conditions stipulated under Rule 135(1) of the Karnataka Civil Service Rules, 1958.  

b. Child Care Leave

Child care leave of 730 days is available if the woman is bearing a child who has conditions covered under The Person with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 and The National Trust for Welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental retardation, Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999.  This child care leave is available through the service period for 730 days to improve the physical and mental conditions of the child.  The period of leave that may be availed is for a continuous period of at least 15 days and up to 30 days in a calendar year.  This child care leave is as per the Government Order No. AE 1 SNS 2011 notified on 29th June 2016 issued by the Governor of Karnataka.

Budget for Women Police

a. Total State Police Budget from 2013-2016

State Police Budget 2013-2016

Financial Year

Amount (in crores Rs)

%increase from previous year











b. Allocation for women from the state police budget

There is no allocation for women police from the state police budget.

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

This section provides information specifically on allocation for women police personnel under the Modernization of Police Force Scheme, a central scheme administered by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, and aimed at assisting states in strengthening police infrastructure.  Under MPF, allocations are made under Non-Plan head, which covers mobility, weapons, equipment, training equipment, and forensic equipment, and under Plan head, which covers construction of police stations/outposts/lines, police housing, forensic science laboratories and training infrastructure.  To receive funds under the scheme, states have to submit a State Action Plan including proposals under Non-Plan and Plan heads, and a Supplementary Action Plan constituting 20% of both Non-Plan and Plan heads of the main plan.  The supplementary plans are to be operationalized for additional fund allocation at the Revised Estimate (RE) stage and are subject to furnishing of utilization certificates and availability of funds.

Under the Scheme, the States are grouped into two categories, namely Category ‘A’ and Category ‘B’ for the purpose of funding both under ‘Non-Plan’ and Plan.  Category ‘A’ States, namely, J&K and 8 North Eastern States including Sikkim will be eligible to receive financial assistance on 90:10 Centre: State sharing basis.  The remaining States will be in Category ‘B’ and will be eligible for financial assistance on 60:40 Centre:  State sharing basis.

In 2014, the MHA issued an advisory requesting the states to include proposals specifically on improving facilities for women police while submitting their annual state action plan under the MPF scheme.  The proposals were to prioritize amenities such as separate toilet facilities, rest rooms, and lockable shelf storage in all new police stations, outposts and barracks proposed under the MPF scheme.

Separate facilities for women at police stations

The Office of the Director General of Police responded that no specific Notification/Circulars/Standing Orders/ Memorandums were issued from their Office for separate facilities for women police.  However, on the communications from BPR&D, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, the opinions of the Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation and the Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited had been called about the formulation of standards for including separate facilities for women police at the police stations.

Note: This response by the Office of the DGP goes against the Right to Information Act, 2005. Section 6 (3) of the RTI Act requires a public authority to transfer an RTI application to such other public authority when the latter is more suited to provide the information being sought.  Such transfer has to be made within 5 days of receipt of the application and the applicant is to be informed of such transfer.  Instead of transferring the request for information on Women and Child Help Desks to the concerned unit, the DGP’s Office has returned the application.

New Developments

No information available.