Women officers of the Delhi Police did not quite like the idea of a beauty workshop held for them at Mata Sundri College recently. The “Smart and Fit Police” workshop focused on winged eyeliner, light blushes and the trick to perfect a bun apart from wellness, diet, skin care and hairstyle aspects. And while more than a hundred women police officers attended the seminar, they found it a “futile exercise”.

The all-women workshop was in collaboration with a popular wellness and beauty institute. However, a woman officer said, “Our duty does not demand us to carry ourselves like beautiful dolls. We need to be dressed in crisp uniforms, and work day in and day out,” reported Indian Express.

Awareness programmes which focus on personality growth, communication skills and general knowledge would offer more help to our female force than such seminars

Officers asked for educational training sessions and workout centres instead of beauty workshops. On one hand, it showed a slideshow on diet patterns, while on the other, there was a crash course on “matching make-up with the uniforms”.

Officers stressed on the need for more emphasis on their safety and measures to ensure personal hygiene.

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“Clean washrooms and more cooperation from our male counterparts deserve priority. Night shifts and long duties need to be handled more sensitively,” said a female officer.

Pramod Joshi, Station House Officer of Patel Nagar police station, told IE, “Awareness programmes which focus on personality growth, communication skills and general knowledge would offer more help to our female force than such seminars.”

Delhi Police held this seminar to make female officers more confident since they deal with the public too… the emphasis was on their diet because apart from work, they also have to manage their home and children. We will have a similar seminar for male officers too… on etiquette.”

On the demand for better washrooms, DCP (Central) Mandeep Randhawa said, “We already have washrooms for women at police stations… with time, they will get better.”

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