Here’s some news that will spread cheer among women police officers of Gurugram looking to juggle their work-life balance. In a first, the district police this week decided to open a daycare centre at the women police station in Sector 51, TOI reports. As a result, now female cops can leave their children in a safe place and can focus on duty throughout the day.
Of around 287 female cops in Gurugram, a majority are working mothers. The department is concerned about the fact that these cops leave their kids back home for long duty, causing problems at home. For instance, if daycare is arranged for their kids, the female cops will also be available for outstation assignments, besides being able to give full attention to their work.
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A 29-year-old woman cop shared, “My children, aged 4 and 7 years, live with my in-laws in Mahendragarh district. These are the years when they need their mother the most. But I cannot keep them here because there is no one to look after them when my husband and I aren’t home.”
Another 32-year-old cop posted in east district said, “I live with my children and husband in old Gurugram. Once, when I had to go for outstation investigation, I requested a distant relative to take care of my kids. But I can never return the favour due to my job profile.”
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The department understands the value of productivity from these cops, and if they keep having this disturbed work-life balance, it could also impact on the children.
The first-of-its-kind in the entire state, Phulwari, the round-the-clock creche facility, also takes care of the children who have been victims under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012.
The police station will have a dedicated room at the ground floor for these children with a separate entrance and washroom. In addition to beds, tables and chairs, it will also be provided swings and toys. Story-telling and pottery sessions will also be arranged for them.
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“Two nannies will be on duty here to look after the children and two visiting teachers will help kids with their homework. A training session on Juvenile Justice Act will be conducted for the nannies. Funds for the creche have been contributed entirely by the staff posted at this police station,” said ACP (headquarters) and nodal officer for crime against women and children Dharna Yadav.
A commendable decision indeed!
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