Swinging Pendulums at Home and Workplace: Reflections on the Life of Women Police Constables in India
Volume IV, Issue I, 2021
In India, women have in the past and to some extent even today, played a secondary role to that of men on an economical and occupational front. Career wasn’t a priority for the women due to socio-cultural construct in which gender roles are stereotyped, especially in the backdrop of Patriarchal Society. As the society has progressed and gender roles are redefined and reconstructed with waves of liberalism, globalization, feminism and equality, new Avatar of Indian women had arrived. The debutant can be seen not only in traditional fields considered more appropriate for women but also in male dominated landscapes.
Morris (1987) has argued that Policing has always been regarded as a male bastion, which is more of a ‘masculine pursuit’ involving strength, danger and action. The historical background of Women’s entry into police, discloses instances of resistance from the beginning. Butler, Winfree and Newbold (2003) have described policing as one of the ‘Gendered’ professions of the world. Sahgal (2007) criticizes policing claiming gender-based differences are apparently greater as compared to female dominated vocations.
This Paper aims to address issues and challenges faced by women police constables at workplace. Paper also grapples the embedded tensions, conflicts and pride women have experienced being a part of police services. It also highlights the discourse surrounding work life balance and proposes workable solutions while promoting gender equity and development.
Keywords: Challenges, Empowerment, Issues, Police, Women