India: A traffic cop from Chandigarh has caused debate on social media after videos of her performing her duties on a busy intersection while holding a baby went viral. The constable, named Priyanka, was filmed by locals near her roundabout and photos soon went viral on social media. While many praised the woman for the grit and dedication she showed toward both her jobs as a cop and a mother, many questioned felt the incident reflected the lack of resources and obstacles women, especially mothers, face at work due to gender-insensitive institutions.
According to a report in The Tribune, the constable and another cop were supposed to report to duty at the intersection of sector 15/23 at 8 am but the duo failed to do so. Priyanka was pulled up for her absence and asked to report to her spot.
It was after this that Priyanka decided to bring her baby to work. According to the report, the staff at Traffic Line at Sector 29 asked her to go home and take leave if she needed to. The constable, however, went on with her duty with her baby on her hip.
Initially, social media was full of praise for the cop. Journalist and Twitter user Gagandeep Singh tweeted a video of the same and said, “hats off to her spirit”.