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

(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.)

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)
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