“We have a lot to cover in our way towards gender sensitization both for women and for men,” says top cop Anjana Sinha at GITAM University devent
HYDERABAD, Dec 6 (The CONNECT) - Discussing her inspiring journey as a security reform practitioner, IPS officer Anjana Sinha stressed that there is a lot which needs to be done towards accomplishing a gender sensitive police force.
“We have to be more sensitive towards any victim of crime, including men, people who are economically weak and those who are emotionally battered,” Anjana said while interacting with the students of Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM), a Deemed to be University, Hyderabad campus, as part of a Changemakers session. Smita Sharma, visiting faculty - Kautilya School of Public Policy, moderated the session.
Anjana, a highly respected Indian Police Service 1990-batch officer from Andhra Pradesh cadre, is currently on central deputation to the Central Industrial Security Force at the rank of Inspector General.
Explaining that ‘sensitivity is something which needs to be inculcated’ she said that one has to be trained for that. “We need to have a ruthless and brutal side to it, but at the same time, we need to be dual and balance sensitivity and ruthlessness equally. It is a smart way to get information from a criminal if you are sensitive to them rather than being ruthless,” she said.
Commenting on the current situation, Anjana said “we have a lot to cover in our way towards gender sensitization both for women and for men”. That is a sociological issue because misogyny or being insensitive to women is something that the people face across the board, she observed.
Asked is she faced any pressure in the early stages of her training, she said: “No pressure really, there was a sizable number of women in the force during the 90s. But when we went to the district, there were fewer women on the field so people accepted it with positive awe instead of negative pressure. But during the training, initially, when I had joined, I was non-athletic, so my trainers who were senior officers and the academy, doubted if this girl would be able to take the rigours of the training because the training was pretty physically demanding, but it wasn’t impossible. We had such good trainers that we were able to do our training well and it was not a problem.”
For Anjana, the two skills young police officer need are: “Knowing the people you are handling and needing to be calm.” She recounted a time when she was the Superintendent of Police in a district, and decided to utilise women constables in civilian clothes to gather intelligence. “It really worked. Because nobody could at that point in time, could have imagined that there were women who were gathering intelligence from these far and remote areas. I thought that was a very smart and bold move.”