Ladli Cops: Women turn community police volunteers

Ladli Cops are 500 women community policing volunteers in Bihar specially selected from five prestigious girls’ colleges in Patna and have been trained by the Bihar police to help them launch a crackdown on eve-teasing.


These college girls would work in coordination with the police stations and help the victims file a complaint  against the accused.

The move, conceived by Suman Lal, the founder of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) ‘Prayas Bharti’ saw the light of  day after it got determined support from Bihar’s Additional Director General (ADG), Law and Order, Alok Raj.

These Ladli Cops, who will be stationed at their respective colleges, after receiving complaints will verify their authenticity and then inform the police station concerned.

Conceding that it was not feasible for the Bihar police to be present everywhere all the time, the ADG said 100% policing was not possible.

“With the rapid increase in population, the proper crime prevention needs quick response time. It is against this backdrop that Ladli Cops will come into picture. The trained girls will work as informers and work in coordination with the local police and quick mobiles. One cop from every police station has been asked to remain in touch with Ladli Cops who in turn will help the complainant and the police in registering the case and also assist in further investigation,” said the top cop.

Actually, the origin of this entire exercise of community policing and empowering women began when the Senior SP (SSP) of Patna, Manu Maharaj was earlier posted in Rohtas. He was instrumental in forming Women Gram Raksha Dal (WGRD) to take on the liquor mafia as well as Maoists. The adjoining Kaimur Hills was perceived to be a safe haven for the Maoists, whose underground guerrilla activities had been a stumbling block for development in the area.

Taking cue from Maharaj’s success, Suman too tied up with Bihar police and 100 students each from Magadh Mahila College, JD Women's College, Patna Women's College,  Ganga Devi  College and  Arvind  Mahila College were selected and trained as Ladli Cops, after an orientation programme.

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