Experts and women officials in police today sought enhanced gender sensitivity inside the force though enforcement of the national gender policy in the department.
"Gender Policy must be immediately operationalised to ensure gender equity and increased women acceptance in Bangladesh Police and other institutions," police's Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mili Biswas told at the roundtable on "Women in Policing in Bangladesh".
Simultaneously, she said, a change in people's mindset must change to establish women rights and particularly those who were faced with sexual harassment and mental torture alongside the implementation of the gender policy.
Biswas, who is also the president of Bangladesh Police Women's Network, sad while presenting a keynote paper at the roundtable jointly staged by Manusher Jonno Foundation and Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) at the CIRDAP auditorium in the capital.
The official said the incumbent government took different pragmatic steps which made the job in police suitable for women as currently 1,1038 women were now serving in the country's main law enforcement agency having a strength of 1,55, 891.
A recent CHRI study, meanwhile, said the number of women police nearly doubled in the past three years as only 6,853 were serving the force in 2014 while police started recruiting women in 1998.
Of the police women m, one is now serving as an additional inspector General of Police (AIG), two as DIGs, two Additional DIGs and 19 Superintendent of Police (SPs), the study said.
Professionals, senior women police officers, social workers and NGO workers took part in the discussion and shared their professional experiences.
Executive director of Manuser Jonno Foundation Shaheen Anam, CHRI senior adviser and board member Maja Daruwala, Christine Hunter of Bangladesh Country Representative, UN Women, executive director of Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers Association (BNWLA) Advocate Salma Ali and senior programme officer of Police Reforms Programme, CHRI, Aditi Datta also took part in the discussion.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)