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Tamil Nadu was the first state to pioneer all-women police stations.

Although Tamil Nadu wasn't the first state to open the All Women Police Station(AWPS), it did implement the concept widely in a short span.

The first Women Police Station (WPS) in India was inaugurated by the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at Kozhikode, Kerala, in 1973.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the total number of Women Police Station as of Jan 01, 2014, was 518. Tamil Nadu had the highest number of Women Police Station ranking first with 199, followed by Bihar with 40. The recent data from 2019 or 2020 is not available.

In 2017, the Director-General of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), Meeran C. Borwankar, felt the concept of having an exclusive police station managed entirely by women is 'outdated' and has 'outlived its utility. "Times have changed and most states have reservation for women in police. We must have women in all police stations now. They have to be given special training for investigation of crime against women,” Borwankar told The Hindu. The AWPS in Tamil Nadu was first established in Thousand Lights in Chennai.

Since Kerala was the first state to open an AWPS, with Tamil Nadu being the first to adopt the concept extensively, the claim is misleading.

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