Hyderabad, January 27, 2021: 'ShePahi' the first of its kind Annual Conference 2021 of women police held today at JRC Conventions at Jubilee Hills, Film Nagar in the city. Over 750 women police, their officers attended the daylong conference. The Bahubali film fame actress Anushka Shetty was the guest of honour. Smt.Swati Lakra, IPS., (Addtl. DGP Women Safety Wing) along with Cyberabad CP Shri. VC Sajjanar, IPS., and Women and Children Safety Wing (W&CSW) DCP Smt. Anasuya graced the occasion.
The theme of Annual SHE conference was “SHEpahi”, pahi meaning is good work –
bringing out the attributes that a woman brings to the police force.
Each woman is a soldier – a person on the ground to provide protection. Shield symbol signifies protection.
Welcoming the gathering Mr VC Sajjanar, Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad Police said under its jurisdiction 750 women police work. They have their own issues, challenges. So, we decided to hold this first conference on an annual basis. It is a first of its kind conference.
12% of the total police force is women police. They are efficient. Given any responsibility they perform well. 50 per cent of senior police officers in Cyberabad are women. We have women in all the 17 verticals in Cyberabad. We work shoulder to shoulder in tandem, said Mr VC Sajjanar.
34% of Investigating Assistants are women. This has set a trend in India. A Woman SI in Rajendranagar Ms. Shwetha puts an exemplary service on par with her male colleagues, he shared.
Mr Sajjanar also mentioned about a woman Court Constable Ms. Pankaja because of whom police could get 16 life convictions. Even today she is busy attending a case in LB Nagar Court and unable to attend the conference. She is very committed to her work, he added.
He spoke about B. Ganga, K. Geetha, Alivelu and Swapna drivers of three DIAL 100 Immediate Response Vehicles launched today. They didn’t even know about cycling. These new recruits of 2020 have learnt driving after joining in the police last October, but picked it up fast. Ganga and Swapna are graduates and Alivelu and Geetha are intermediate. All women police in future will be trained in driving, informed Mr VC Sajjanar.
Speaking on the side-lines of the conference Ganga one of the drivers said, she was reluctant and afraid of driving initially but due to the confidence given by all, they could comfortably learn driving.
Traffic Women Police Pratyusha, Mr Sajjanar said, is always seen attentive in her duty on the road. Kavitha who is working in Cyber Crimes is handling her job so efficiently.
Similarly, among civilians Mr Sajjanar appreciated the efforts of Ms Prashanthi of COVID Control room, Kavitha, a driver from Miyapur, Jyotsna Angara for training women drivers.
Speaking further Mr Sajjanar said Cyberabad so far has 7 She Shuttle Services and today one more added thanks to Virtusa and SCSC. Nearly 60,000 women commute in these shuttles. He urged more companies to come forward to sponsor more such shuttle services.
There is one person, mother behind all our success including me because of the discipline she taught me. He told all women police to teach discipline to those whom they come in contact with. He appealed all mothers to raise children with discipline to have crime free society, state and nation.
DCP Anasuya giving her opening remarks described conference as historic and highlighted the various initiatives taken up for the welfare of women and Children in the Commissionerate. We among other issues discuss our profession, health and inspirational stories during the one-day conference she informed.
Two videos were launched at the conference including one on ‘SheTeams’.
Addressing gathering on occasion Anushka Shetty said though we film stars are portrayed as stars, each one of you seated in this hall are stars. We are reel stars and you are the real stars. Because your efforts and hard work behind us, we feel so secured and your sacrifices are supreme. I am privileged to be here amongst you, she said.
She lauded the efforts of the Cyberabad police during the pandemic, particularly the plasma drive they carried out. We can’t imagine a safe and secured life without police.
Addressing the gathering Chief Guest Ms. Swati Lakra said there is no gender bias in the police. We get trained and work together as one team. Then only we can give good service.
The Bharosa which was established in 2016 has presence in just 4 places. In 2021 it will be extended to 10 places. Bharosa provides integrated support to women and children who have been subjected to severe abuse, be it physical, sexual, financial or emotional.
She lauded the efforts of Cyberabad Police working on CCTV Surveillance on war foot basis. This project not only helps in prevention, but also in investigation and detection she said.
Speaking about Dial 100 and its response, Smt Swathi Lakra said, the present response time is under 10 minutes, which will be further improved upon.
Speaking about Girls Safety Clubs, an initiative, she said currently 12 colleges have 300 volunteers. We had interaction with 2500 college principals on the same prior to the pandemic. The girl volunteers in these clubs will be our eyes and ears as police can’t be there everywhere.
Addressing the new recruits, Swathi Lakra said when you as police help somebody you will drive a lot of satisfaction which no amount of money can give you.
Fifty per cent of the population are women. 50 per cent women should be there in police too. Also, there should be women in all the 17 verticals. Every woman police is on par with her male colleagues she told.
Women safety is the top priority of Telangana Police and Cyberabad Police.
On arrival Anushka Shetty together with top police officers flagged off three DIAL 100 Immediate Response Vehicles and one SHE Shuttle bus sponsored by Virtusa.
These DIAL 100 Vehicles will have women police officers along with male police officers to respond to women who dial the number 100 for help. In case of domestic violence, they will conduct counselling, warn the respondent or help women file FIR/petty cases in the police station. The teams will work 24x7 round the clock. Already 3 such teams are working in the three zones of Cyberabad and the team delivered good results.
The SHE Shuttle bus is a free bus service for women working in the IT Corridor.
Women form over 30 % of the workplace in the IT industry. The SHE Shuttle bus is a hop on hop off service for women. Apart from the driver there will be a woman security guard in the bus to help the commuters. This bus has a GPS tracking system. It is completely sponsored by SCSC- Society for Cyberabad Security Council. It is a unique initiative and one of its kind in the country.
The ShePahi Conference deliberated upon the problems being faced by the women in the police force. The first Conference paved the way for future annual conferences of similar kind to instil a sense of solidarity and sisterhood among all the women police officers and for discussion of problems being faced by them.
In the afternoon, the Commissioner addressed the problems brought to his notice. Later a Gynaecologist and a nutritionist addressed about the problems, health concerns, medical, nutritional related matters and precautions to be taken. A motivational speaker addressed to charge up the participants and to raise their self esteem and pride.
All the women and officer were happy about the care and concern shown by organising the conference. The first ShePahi conference was a huge success.
Sanjay Kambam of Votary Tech who developed Reach Safe app for SCSC She Shuttles was present and explained the features of the app.
DCP Traffic Vijay Kumar, DCPs Anasuya, Padmaja; Vekateshwarlu; ADCPs Crime Kavitha, Indira, ADCP Admin Lavanya, ADCP, CAR Manik Raj; CAO Admin D Geetha; CAO A/C Chandrakala; Krishna Yedula, Gen Secretary SCSC and Bharani Aroll, President Hysea & Pratyusha Sharma, Womens Forum Leader, SCSC graced the occasion.