To Reduce Stress, CRPF Introduces Concept Of 'Chaupals' To Encourage Its Personnel To Talk MoreCRPF jawans. (Representative image) (Photo by Subhankar Chakraborty/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has now decided to adopt and promote a culture of more talking and greater interaction in its camps. The aims to prevent the build-up of stress amidst a rise in the number of suicides in the CRPF.

The CRPF leadership has directed in a letter to all its zonal headquarters to incorporate a system of weekly ‘chaupals’ so that a group of personnel from all ranks can sit down and talk to each other on a range of issues other than those related to their work.

“A force like the CRPF is predominantly made up of men. Socially, men are assumed to be ‘strong’, and they are not expected to cry or be emotional,” the letter reads, as reported by the Indian Express.

It added, “To conform to this societal image, male personnel often do not share their worries even with their comrades, and keep them bottled up within.”

It mentioned that the chaupals should be attended by about 18-20 members from all ranks and should last for about one-two hours.

Further, discussions should be carried out in a completely informal manner for that the personnel are encouraged to speak up about any personal or domestic issue without any sort of hesitation.

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