Mahila Police Volunteer Initiative launched in Haryana
The Mahila Police Volunteer initiative was launched by the Chief Minister of Haryana in Karnal and Mahendragarh districts. With the launch, Haryana became the first state to adopt this initiative. The state inducted the first batch of 1000 Mahila Police Volunteers into service. The Mahila Police Volunteer Initiative was originally conceived by the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development in collaboration with Ministry of Home Affairs to bridge the gap between Police and Civil society through community volunteerism. To establish a link between the police authorities and the local communities in villages, one Mahila Police Volunteer (MPV) is envisaged per Gram Panchayat across the country. MPVs are selected by following a laid out procedure from among the empowered, responsible, socially aware women. These volunteers are extensively trained by the State Police Authorities on their role and responsibility. The primary job of MPVs is to take note of situations in the village where women are harassed or their rights and entitlements are denied or their development is prevented.