Pregnant Cop in Odisha Returns to Duty

In a rare display of commitment towards duty, an 8-month pregnant policewoman in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha has chosen the call of the uniform above her maternity-leave privileges. 

Mamta Mishra, a sub-inspector with the Betonati police station, is on lockdown duty, uncomplaining, undaunted. 

Odisha Director General of Police, Abhay, tweeted, “This braveheart, in her eighth month of pregnancy, insists on working. In view of her health, she is given duty at Betnoti PS and not on the road or checkpoint. My compliments to her.”

The sub-inspector has also earned praise from her colleagues for running her household alone after her busy hours of duty. Following the lockdown, her family members are dispersed in various areas, unable to return home. Her husband, also a police sub-inspector, is on active lockdown duty at Bisoi police station in the same district. 

Mamta joined Betnoti police station in January 2019. This is her maiden posting.

Earlier this month, three other police women from different districts of Odisha have earned accolades from the Odisha DGP for prioritising duty above all; Two home guards have postponed their weddings while another policewoman returned to work leaving her three-month-old at home.