GUWAHATI, Sept 29 - Director General of Assam Police Khagen Sharma today said that efforts to recruit more lady police personnel were on and the scenario, especially in regard to representation of women in the police department, would improve soon.
Sharma admitted that even though Assam has the second highest number of crimes against women in the country, women constitute merely five per cent of the total police force in the State, which is very low.
Talking to media persons here, Sharma said, �It is certainly a matter of concern as crimes against women have increased and our State is second only to Delhi in terms of violence committed against the fairer sex.�
While revealing that the police were analysing the reasons for this rising trend, he opined that abduction constitutes a major share of these cases of crime against women, of which 70 to 80 per cent cases turn out to be cases of elopement.
He said 1,036 lady constables have joined the police force this week and more women are being recruited into the force. �When the new recruitment takes place, we hope that women�s representation in the police force will increase,� Sharma added.