Manisha Ropeta is turning heads, not only because she is one of the few female officers in positions of authority in Sindh’s police force, but also because the 26-year-old is the first woman from Pakistan’s minority Hindu community to be deputy chief inspector. is becoming. from police.
In Pakistan’s male-dominated society and culture, it is difficult for women to participate in professions that are considered ‘masculine’, such as the police.
“From childhood, my sisters and I have seen the same old system of patriarchy where girls are told that if they want to get an education and work, they can only do so as a teacher or a doctor,” said Ropeta from the Jacobabad region of Sindh.
Ropeta, who belongs to a middle-class family from Jacobabad in inland Sindh province, says she wants to end the sentiment that girls from good families should have nothing to do with the police or courts.
“Women are the most oppressed and the target of many crimes in our society and I joined the police force because I think we need ‘protectors’ women in our society,” she says.
Ropeta, who is currently in training, will be placed in the crime-ridden area of Lyari.
She believes that working as a senior police officer really empowers and empowers women.
“I want to lead a feminization drive and encourage gender equality in the police force. I myself have always been very inspired and attracted to police work,” says the DSP.
Her three other sisters are all doctors and her youngest brother is also studying medicine.
When asked what prompted her to choose another profession, Ropeta says she failed her MBBS entrance exams by one grade. “Then I told my family that I was pursuing a degree in physiotherapy, but at the same time I was preparing for the Sindh Public Services Commission exams and I passed that 16th position among 468 candidates.” Ropeta’s father was a trader in Jacobabad. He died when she was 13, after which her mother brought her children to Karachi and fed them.
She admits that it is not easy to hold a high position in the Sindh Police Force and to undergo field training in a place like Lyari. Her colleagues, superiors and juniors treat her with respect for her views and hard work.
Ropeta recalls that it was not customary for girls to pursue higher education in her hometown, and even when her relatives heard that she was going to join the police force, they said she wouldn’t last long as it is a tough job.
“Until now, I’ve proven them wrong,” she says.
Ropeta hopes to be able to play a major role in portraying a better image of the police that many people still do not trust and therefore do not report.
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