India to Recruit 2.5K Female Police Officers
Each precinct in New Delhi will get a dozen women
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2013 9:00 AM CST
An Indian police officer, left, sports a cricket helmet as policemen stand near barricades in New Delhi, India, on Dec. 27.   (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

(Newser) – India is taking a tangible first step to address concerns that its largely male police departments look the other way when it comes to rapes and sexual assaults: It's recruiting women to the force, reports Pakistan Today. Each precinct in New Delhi, where last month's gang rape took place, must add 12 women in the coming months, says the nation's interior minister. Overall, 2,500 female officers will be recruited, reports the Wall Street Journal. (The victim's boyfriend spoke out for the first time yesterday, offering new details and complaining about the response of police and passersby.)

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Sphinx
Jan 6, 2013 1:10 AM CST
Give women a female police officer to talk to about sexual assault. Yes. Good move. Even in the U.S., many women have stated that retelling the story of their rape in graphic detail (often right after it occurs) can be traumatizing, especially when they are addressing a man who is pressing them for the intimate details. For a lot of rape victims, it's just easier to talk about it to a woman (not that all female police officers have the necessary sensitivity for that job, but that's another story).
flapstick
Jan 5, 2013 10:50 PM CST
and let's start the never ending flow of sexual harassment cases..
jd42
Jan 5, 2013 9:02 PM CST
Dating is neither allowed nor accepted by the Indian society. Her escort, a male was perceived to be a date in that context and they were having intercourse prior to being married like in Europe and USA; so the attackers butchered female body parts including brain but also of her male escort to teach a lesson to other aspring young Indians who want to date American and European style in India where marriages are still arranged and women are usually get pregnant after marriage and give birth nine months afterwards. In the meantime, men after reaching puberty jerk off; or get young women of lower socio economic class pregnant; then these women join the ranks of prostitution; their children openly beg on the street; it becomes a vicious cycle.