All-female police unit: challenging the male-dominated force in conservative India.

Members of a newly launched female police patrol unit drive through the old market in Jaipur.─AFP

All-female police units are shaking up the male-dominated force in conservative north-west India, hitting the streets to combat sex crimes and a pervasive culture of silence around rape.

One such squad in Jaipur has been patrolling bus stops, colleges and parks where women are vulnerable to sexual harassment.

Women can face a barrage on India’s streets, enduring everything from lewd jokes and strangers following them ─ often dismissed as innocent “Eve teasing” ─ to physical attacks and rape.

Women’s police stations are not new, but they have become more numerous in India in the past few years:


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