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Maharashtra government reduces working hours of women cops from 12 to 8 hours

Maharashtra DGP Sanjay Pandey announced on Friday that this has already been implemented in some places and 8-hour shifts will soon be made the norm across the state in a phased manner.
 

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Bangalore, First Published Sep 24, 2021, 3:20 PM IST
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The Maharashtra Police will implement an eight-hour shift for women personnel from the existing 12-hour shift.

Maharashtra DGP Sanjay Pandey announced on Friday that this has already been implemented in some places and 8-hour shifts will soon be made the norm across the state in a phased manner.

According to a report on The Indian Express, an official said several women constables had approached the state police chief pointing out that their duty hours often extended well beyond the stipulated twelve hours, which affected their family life.

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Pandey is learnt to have consulted other senior officials before deciding to act. An official said eight-hour shifts have already been successfully implemented for women police personnel in Nagpur, Pune, Amravati and most recently in Navi Mumbai, the report stated.

An officer further said it was encouraging that the move has worked well in the state’s four metropolitan cities where a higher number of police personnel is often required, adding that it will most likely be implemented across the state within the next month.

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Earlier this month, Pune Rural Police started eight-hour shifts for women police constables. "If this initiative proves successful, the eight-hour shift will be extended to male police constables as well," Pune Rural Police officials had said.

Maharashtra women police are happy with the announcement as they can now devote some time to their family as well.  

Meanwhile, in another development, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Thane police arrested two more persons from Navi Mumbai in connection with the alleged gangrape of a 15-year-old girl, an official said on Friday.

With this, the number of arrested persons has gone up to 26, while two minors have already been detained.

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The girl was allegedly gang-raped multiple times over a period of eight months in Thane district. The alleged incidents took place at different locations, including Dombivli, Badlapur, Murbad and Rabale, between January 29 and September 22 this year. The victim has named 33 accused, police have said.

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