It is heart-breaking how our society tends to assign the primary responsibility of taking care of a child to the mother. And, many times, women have left no choice but to juggle between parenting responsibilities and their work, sometimes in a dangerous way.
Recently, a video of a female traffic constable carrying her five-month-old baby during duty in Chandigarh surfaced on social media. This video shot in Chandigarh went viral in no time. Post which, the investigation was initiated to understand the reasons why a woman made such a risky decision to bring her five-month-old baby to duty.
According to The Indian Express, it was found during the investigation that the female constable, Priyanka, recently got off of 6-month long maternity leave. While sharing her helpless condition, she revealed how there was nobody to take care of her son while she is on duty. She said:
“There is no one at home to look after my son who was born prematurely. My husband and in-laws are in Mahendragarh. I joined my duty four days ago. For the first two days, I was given duties near my residence after my request to do so. On Friday, my duty point- the Sector 15/23 roundabout, was very far away from my residence. I got late and received a call from the Traffic Police Lines, Sector 29. Duty is first for me, but I also cannot ignore my child. So, I took my child to Traffic Lines and later went to the duty point,”
Now on her request, she has been assigned a lighter duty. As per SSP Manisha Chaudhury,
“A cop performing her duty keeping her child in her lap is not acceptable,”
During the investigation, it was also revealed that a male constable urged Priyanka to go back home with her child but she insisted on working. Later, on the orders of a senior traffic cop, she went back home.
While many netizens glorified the woman for juggling both work and parental responsibilities, there were few who highlighted that instead of celebrating women like her, authorities should consider making their lives easier. Many suggested free day-care for children of cops, reports News18.
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