Women face unprecedented challenges of gender inequality despite representing half of the world’s population, yet increasingly, they are entering physically demanding professions such as policing. Underlying police culture is a normative power structure defined by hegemonic masculinity. Discrimination, sexual harassment, and inadequate maternity and parental leave are some of the issues that women police officers face. Despite these limitations, there is a growing demand for women police officers. This study contributes to a better understanding of the issues that women police officers face in their work. It also sheds light on the psychology of women police officers and their approach in confronting these issues. A review of the existing statistics reveals that women are underrepresented and undervalued in policing in the Union Territory of Puducherry. To understand their experiences and viewpoints, the author conducted interviews with women police officers in the Union Territory of Puducherry.

Author Biography

Chemmalar S. is an experienced Professor of Law with a demonstrated history of working with top ranking universities. She is skilled in International Human Rights, Maritime Law, Technology Law, Patent Law and International Law. She has earned a Master of Laws (LLM) from Pondicherry University, India and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Law from the School of Law, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, India. Dedicated to research and writing, she has published numerous papers with Scopus indexed publications.