Women safety has always been one of the top priorities of Delhi Police. The nature of women safety related problem have changed with the changing mores and norms in society especially in a overgrowing and
over changing metropolitan like Delhi. In past, we have
initiated many new measures such as crimes against women (CAW) cell, women
help lines, Rape crisis intervention centers (RCICs) etc. for ensuring safety of women and combating crime against women. Law enforcement agencies all over the world are taking problem of violence against women (VAW) very seriously as violence against women is universal. Be it within the confines of home or in the
public sphere, violence against women( VAW) has been observed ,documented and
tolerated by societies all across the globe. The public protest against this social
evil, however is only two decades old. This is not to say that it went utterly
un-remarked upon in history. Rather the fact is that the victims have been silent
and unheard protestors. Today, the phenomenon is more pronounced than ever
It was to provide a safe and violence-free environment to women and children
that PARIVARTAN was envisaged. It is a campaign which unleashes the cumulative
energies of law enforcement agencies, academics, social workers, NGOs,
community, educational institutions and responsible citizens on the perpetrators
of violence against women to bring about a cognitive difference in their value
system. It is a pioneering effort in the history of Indian Police through which
women police officers patrol the beats to combat and prevent crime
against members of their own sex. In the last 2 years, Parivartan has
conducted various awareness building exercises in the selected 33 beats in the
north-west district of Delhi along with the help of some civil society which have given
enough confidence to women to report any case of violence against them.
Parivartan has questioned the social acceptability and 'taken for granted' attitude
of people about VAW , thereby creating an atmosphere that will welcome a change
towards gender equity. Parivartan was conferred Weaber Savey Award (2006) for quality law enforcement by International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Washington DC, USA. It was also highly appreciated by scholars at London School of Economics (LSE), London in 2006 for its focus on both potential victim as well as offender. The programme was also one of the nominees for IBM international Award (2007) innovations in Government by the John F. Kennedy Schoolis Ash Institute of Harvard University. Parivartan has been selected as best practice for eliminating VAW by Women Power Connect under a project
sponsored by UNDP and Ministry of Women and Child Development, GOI, New Delhi.
Parivaratan has received
ISO certification for the various processes
and quality management system is in place.
With its success in the initial phase, Parivartan
is building a long term partnership with
the community and other agencies to bring
about a sustained intervention required
for meeting its final objective i.e. the
safety and dignity of women.