Retd SP Padminiyamma still cherishes the pen gifted by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
Kozhikode: Padminiyamma still holds the pen, gifted 48 years ago by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, close to her heart. On October 23, 1973 Gandhi had inaugurated the first women police station in the country in Kozhikode. M Padminiyamma was the first sub-inspector at the station.
The women police station had 3 head constables and 10 constables apart from SI.
“Those were the times when women were reluctant in going to the police station. I joined service at my own will. There were no facilities for training. But the senior officials and the local people supported us wholeheartedly,” she remembered.
She was appointed as ASI in Thiruvananthapuram before being transferred to Kozhikode as SI.
Padminiyamma said it was a totally new experience to lead the women police station.
“Today’s children are so brilliant and capable. They prove their expertise in all fields. There will be issues, but we should learn to overcome them,” she passed on the message.
Padminiyamma, who retired as SP from Thiruvananthapuram women cell, expressed happiness in women officers handling various police stations in the state as part of International Women’s Day.
She now leads a peaceful life with children and grandchildren at Kumarapuram in Thiruvananthapuram.