Dharamshala and Mandi to have all women police stations


By : Arvind Sharma

The Himachal Pradesh government on Friday decided to set up all-women police stations in Dharamshala and Mandi towns, to curb crimes against women. Earlier only Dharamshala was in a row to have one after Shimla.

The state cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, has decided to open all women police stations in Dharamshala and Mandi on the lines of the state’s first all women police station, which was set up in Shimla on August 11.

These police stations shall be headed by an officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police (DSP). It comprises of an inspector as the station house officer, two sub-inspectors, six head constables and ten constables. Two constables would be available during the night.

There is also a provision for women vehicle drivers in these police stations. But they are yet to be deployed.

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Arvind Sharma is a permanent resident of Dharamshala in HP, and is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 22 years of experience. He started his writing career from local weekly Himachal Kesri and later worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Vir Partap and Ajit. Currently, he is working with news agency PTI. He was conferred with the Himachal Kesri journalism award in 2010.

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