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Indian state establishes all-women police force

Female Police personnel participate in a Republic Day parade. India's police force is drastically short of women, reports say. ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images

On August 28, Haryana, a state in northern India, established an all-female squad of 27 policewomen that the police commissioner called a “one-stop shop for women.” Led by inspector Umesh Bala, a 30-year veteran of the police force, the station will deal with crimes against women which are mostly “sexual harassment and stalking,” she told the BBC. India’s police force lacks female representation – only 6 percent of the nation’s police force of 2.3 million are women and many complain that the police are insensitive. “At present, a lot of women do not want to go to the police station,” Inspector Bala said. “Now things will be different.”

Read the full story at the BBC.

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