India needs more women forensic & cybercrime experts: WCD Minister Irani

New Delhi: The Union Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD), Smriti Zubin Irani, stressed the need to train more female forensic investigators and cybercrime experts. Speaking at the inauguration of the National Conference on Women in Police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) organized by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), she advised making a Statement of Purpose for ‘One Stop Centre for Women’.

Irani said that counselling at the time of recruitment of women in the forces would make them better prepared for their career. She regretted that society still looks at working women with bias and holds the performance of men to be the only benchmark for success.

The Minister also proposed training of members of the Child Welfare Committees (CWC) and emphasized the need for coordination among the MHA, CWC, NGOs and other stakeholders of the criminal justice system, so that once a criminal is punished, he is not able to take advantage of the provisions of law to delay the execution of punishment.

The main objective of the National Conference was to discuss and deliberate on two themes: Cyber Stalking and Bullying of Women – Steps for Protection and Challenges faced by CAPF Women in Operational Areas
To commemorate this event, the Minister released a hand-out – ‘BPR&D Mirror – Gender Bender’.

On this occasion, V S K Kaumudi, DG, BPR&D, welcomed the Chief Guest and flagged certain important issues related to women in Police, like workplace harassment besides cybercrime. There are also unique challenges that the woman officers face at the operational level in hard postings. S K Dhyani, DIG (Res), BPR&D, proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the BPR&D.

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