India’s capital city has promised to hire 2,500 new female police officers, as part of a push to increase the safety of women in Delhi after the fatal gang rape of a young student in December.
Women as young as 18 and as old as 45 are eligible for the post of constable, depending on an elaborate list of criteria that makes separate allowances for candidates’ socioeconomic status, caste, marital status, residence and previous participation in professional athletics.
A woman who is not from any of India’s defined socially disadvantaged classes, for example, can apply until age 25, and should be at least 157 centimeters (5 feet 2 inches) tall. On the other end of the spectrum, women who are part of India’s “scheduled castes” or “scheduled tribes” and who have already worked for the police force in some capacity, say as a cleaner, can apply until age 45 and only need to be 155 centimeters tall.
Every applicant needs to have finished secondary school, except for the daughters of current or past Delhi police, who can apply after completing grade 11 (and who only need to be 152 centimeters tall).