Rashmi Ranjan

We serve and protect- this is the motto of the Odisha police. And, a woman police constable from Malkangiri district, Basanti Choudhury, has proved it to the true sense and is garnering praises from all quarters for her motherly gesture.

Basanti, who was deputed at Malkangiri College on Sunday, not only provided all necessary help to an Odisha Police Constable Recruitment Examination aspirant but also took care of the latter’s four-month-old daughter like a mother.

According to sources, one Chanchala Mallick came to the examination centre with her four-month-old daughter. However, no one from the family could accompany her to take care of the infant during the examination.

When Chanchala was losing her hope, Basanti came out of the blues and took the baby in her lap paving the way for the aspirant to sit in the examination to fulfill her dreams.

The lady constable took care of the infant till the completion of the examination. Moreover, the cop did not hesitate to breastfeed the crying infant to calm the baby down.

“A lady with her four-month-old baby came to Malkangiri College to appear in the Odisha Police Constable Recruitment Examination. No one accompanied the aspirant to take care of the baby. So after taking permission from my officer, I approached the aspirant and offered her help,” said Basanti.

“The baby was with me for more than one hour. When the baby girl felt hungry, I even breastfed her. Later, I handed over the infant to the aspirant’s mother who reached the examination centre later in the day,” the lady constable added.

Moved by the lady constable’s move, Malkangiri police heaped praise on her.

Taking to Twitter, the Malkangiri Police wrote, “A candidate appearing for Constable (civil) recruitment examination today at Malkangiri was overwhelmed when Constable Basanti Chowdhary, deputed at the venue, took care of her infant baby while she was appearing for the exam. Kudos to both.”

Replying to the Tweet, one user praised the lady cop and wrote, “She is not a constable. She is a mother. Constable is just a badge she has accepted today & might remove tomm. How happy she looks.”

(Reported by Jitendra Beura, OTV)