An Analysis of Gender Representation and Reforms in Indian Police System: Issues, Challenges and Way ahead

  • Somvir Yadav and Dr. B. Parkash
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  • Somvir Yadav

    Research Scholar at Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Baba Masthnath University Asthal Bohar, Rohtak, Haryana, India

  • Dr. B. Parkash

    Professor and Head at Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Baba Masthnath University, Asthal Bohar, Rohtak, India

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The Indian police force is a crucial institution responsible for maintaining law and order across the diverse communities present in India. It serves as the primary point of contact for the common man in case of any mis happenings that occur in their day-to-day life. However, historically, it has been marred by gender disparities and inadequate representation of women. The Indian police system, a crucial pillar of law enforcement, has historically grappled with significant gender misrepresentation, marked by a profound imbalance in the representation of women within its ranks. Despite comprising a substantial proportion of the Indian population, women remain significantly underrepresented in the police force. This disparity is evident across various hierarchical levels, from entry-level positions to leadership roles, where women officers constitute a disproportionately low percentage of the total police system. Societal norms, cultural barriers, and systemic biases have contributed to this imbalance, limiting women's participation and advancement within law enforcement agencies. Addressing this gender misrepresentation is pivotal not only for fostering gender equality but also for enhancing the effectiveness and responsiveness of the police force in catering to the diverse needs of society. This research paper delves into the complex dynamics of gender representation within the Indian police force from a political science standpoint. It examines the historical context, current challenges, and potential reforms necessary to achieve gender parity and enhance the effectiveness of law enforcement.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 839 - 849


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