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Women safety and empowerment starts with Haryana: Mahila Police Volunteer Initiative

The Mahila Police Volunteer initiative was launched in Haryana in Karnal and Mahendragarh districts, Haryana became the first state to adopt this Scheme. Originally conceived by the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development, Mahila Police Volunteer is a joint initiative with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

  • Haryana inducted the first batch of 1000 Mahila Police Volunteers.
  • These volunteers have already been trained by the State Police Authorities on their role and responsibility.
  • It envisages creation of a link between the police authorities and the local communities in villages, women specially trained for this purpose.
  • Haryana has once again taken a lead in adopting a women-oriented scheme.
  • The age-old concept of women empowerment is finally taking shape as words are being put into action.
  • Highlighting the success of Beti bachao Beti Padhao scheme, Shri Khattar said education is a pivotal aspect in empowerment and hence we have decided to set up women’s colleges in every 20 km.
  • The gap between Police and Civil society will be bridged by Mahila Police Volunteers initiative. Women volunteers should consider the initiative as a voluntary service.
  • 33% participation of women in police force will be implemented in a phased manner.
  • An oath was also administered to the freshly inducted Mahila Police Volunteers at the event in which they pledged to work for the rights and welfare of women.
  • Police plays an important role in safety and security of citizens in general and women in particular. In order to provide a link between police and community and facilitate women in distress, one Mahila Police Volunteer (MPV) is envisaged per Gram Panchayat across the country.
  • These will be selected through a laid out procedure from among the empowered, responsible, socially aware women who will facilitate police outreach on gender concerns.

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