Hyderabad: On November 8, the first crèche for the children of women officers was inaugurated at Saroornagar, Mahila police station, Hyderabad. The idea was executed by Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat, who said that he was moved by the picture of a woman officer, who had her baby on the table while being on work. This picture went viral on social media around a month ago.   

The reason behind implementing this one-of-a-kind idea was for officers, who have children under the age of five. This facility at the station would help them work with ease and not worry about their children. The crèche is named We Care. Women constables there said that the crèche is a blessing, thanks to which they now don’t have to worry about their children. Complainants too can use this facility to keep their children till their counselling session is over.    

The women constables hoped that such initiatives be implemented across the country as this would encourage women to work even after child-birth. Bhagwat, the mastermind behind We Care, has promised to open crèches at all police stations before the end of next year. The team is also planning to recruit 33% women constables across police stations.    

The Hyderabad Police department is also in mulling launching mobile toilets for working women who have to go on bandobast duties. Speaking on the initiative Swati Lakra, IG for women’s safety stated that these travel-friendly, mobile washrooms would be like a bus. They would have toilets  and a wash area. They are also planning on setting up a sanitary napkin dispenser.