Andhra Pradesh: No brides for cops in Maoist areas
AP cops finding it difficult to get a bride
Visakhapatnam: Policemen deployed in Maoist-affected areas are facing a unique problem: They finding it difficult to get a bride. Among the forces deployed in the Vizag agency areas, more than 600 are bachelors, working as sub-inspectors and constables. They are being turned down by families of prospective brides because they work in Maoist-affected areas.
There 2,000 cops, including Armed Reserve, APSP and civil police, working at 17 police stations in 11 agency mandals in Vizag Agency. Of the 17 police stations in the area, nine are in Maoist and eight others are in Maoist-affected areas.
Police personnel are deployed in Maoist bastions for three to five years, depending on the situation and vacancies in other areas. “My salary is good. All I need is a wife,” said Constable Ch Suresh Kumar. His prospects of finding one, he says, is zilch.
“There is no guarantee of the spouse’s life. I am sure I can get a bride only after transfer to Vizag rural,” said Mr Suresh, 28.
Visakha Rural SP Dr Koya Praveen said some young DSP-rank officers had managed to tie the knot after being transferred from the Maoist areas. Police sources said is 37 per cent vacancy in the Armed Reserve, 26 per cent in the civil police and 7 per cent in the Special Police in Vizag Agency. Hence, getting a transfer out of the Maoist area is not easy. The SP said they were working on a solution.
( Source : deccan chronicle )