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Vol. XXXII No. 19, January 16-31, 2023

Heritage Watch: Fifty years of Women in Tamil Nadu Police

December 2022 marks the beginning of the golden jubilee of women in Tamil Nadu Police. It was in that month, in 1973 that an all women team comprising one Sub Inspector, one Head Constable and 20 Police Constables was recruited for Madras City. The women were trained for one year and on November 1, 1974, formally inducted into the police at a parade held at the Rajarathinam Stadium, Egmore.

Members of the 1st Women Police Squad, Tamil Nadu, 1974.

Late Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi addressing the Police personnel.

The then Chief Minister of the State, M. Karunanidhi presided, with the then Inspector General of Police, F.V. Arul, welcoming everyone to the event. Usharani Narendra, the SI, therefore holds the honour of being the first woman to be inducted into the Tamil Nadu police as the SI of the 1st Women’s Squad of the State. A resident of Vellore, she was Chief Security Officer when the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited. A year ago, when the Police Museum was inaugurated at Egmore, she was an honoured invitee.

Welcome address by F.V. Arul, I.P. I.G.P., Tamil Nadu.

Women have since come into the police in larger numbers and their addition has only gone to change the force for the better. The pictures featured are from TN Police Journal 1974.

For further details on women in TN Police, see Golden Jubilee of Women in Tamil Nadu Police.

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