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Chandigarh Traffic Constable with Baby Leaves Netizens Demanding Free Daycare for Cops

Chandigarh cop with baby | Image credit: Twitter

Chandigarh cop with baby | Image credit: Twitter

The constable, named Priyanka, was filmed by locals near her roundabout and photos soon went viral on social media.

A traffic cop from Chandigarh has caused debate on social media after videos of her performing her duties on a busy intersection while holding a baby went viral on Friday. The constable, named Priyanka, was filmed by locals near her roundabout and photos soon went viral on social media. While many praised the woman for the grit and dedication she showed toward both her jobs as a cop and a mother, many questioned felt the incident reflected the lack of resources and obstacles women, especially mothers, face at work due to gender-insensitive institutions.

According to a report in The Tribune, the constable and another cop were supposed to report to duty at the intersection of sector 15/23 at 8 am but the duo failed to do so. Priyanka was pulled up for her absence and asked to report to her spot.

It was after this that Priyanka decided to bring her baby to work. According to the report, the staff at Traffic Line at Sector 29 asked her to go home and take leave if she needed to. The constable, however, went on with her duty with her baby on her hip.

Initially, social media was full of praise for the cop. Journalist and Twitter user Gagandeep Singh tweeted a video of the same and said, “hats off to her spirit".

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Critics, however, feel the video reflects the poor infrastructure available to working mothers in India who are often forced to choose between their families and their careers. The incident once again reflects the unequal distribution of labour when it comes to child care.

Most were in support of the fact that women police officers need to be provided daycare and creche facilities for their children.

Following the outrage, Chandigarh’s DGP Sanjay Baniwal responded on Twitter, stating that the cop had just returned from maternity leave after the birth of her child and that she had the option of child-care leaves. He also said that a request for transfer to a desk job will be considered if she so chose.

According to a recent report compiled by LinkedIn titled the Opportunity Index 2021, it was found that 4 out of 5 working women (85 per cent) missed out on a raise, promotion, or work offer because of their gender.

The survey was commissioned by LinkedIn and conducted by the market research firm GFK. The respondents were between 18 to 65-year-olds, and they replied to questions online. In total, there were more than 10,000 survey participants from across the Asia Pacific region: Australia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. The survey covered 2,285 respondents specifically from India, out of which 1,223 were males, and 1,053 were females.

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first published:March 07, 2021, 10:46 IST