Women’s Day this year marked a relevant step forward in strengthening ties between Women and the Police Department. On March 8th, Amnesty International India, Garment Labour Union, Cividep India, Samvada and other related communities came together for a meaningful exchange of ideas on underreporting of sexual violence against women, along with the Bangalore Police.
The event brought together over 40 women from diverse backgrounds and served as a platform to discuss key issues like the contributing reasons for underreporting and possible interventions to encourage women to speak up.
The community was also made aware of the steps taken by the Police Department for gender sensitization and the training programs to equip officials with the knowledge and soft-skills necessary in handling women and child-related crimes. It was indeed assuring to listen to Inspector General (Training), Alok Kumar’s response, “…Enough with shaming or embarrassing a woman for wanting to walk into a police station and file a complaint. The very fact that a victim has the pluck to come forward must be encouraged by both the police and society.”