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Meet Manisha Ropeta, First Hindu Woman In Pak To Become Police Commissioner -by Ecork

Karachi:

Manisha Ropeta is making heads turn not only because she is among the few female officers in commanding positions in the Sindh Police but also for the fact that the 26-year-old is the first woman from a minority Hindu community in Pakistan to become a Deputy Superintendent of Police .

In Pakistan’s male-dominated society and culture, it is difficult for women to join professions considered “male” such as the police force.

“Since childhood my sisters and I have seen the same old system of patriarchy where girls are told if they want to study and work it can only be as a teacher or a doctor,” said Ropeta from Sindh’s Jacobabad district.

Hailing from a middle-class family from Jacobabad in the interior province of Sindh, Ropeta said she wants to end the idea that girls from good families should have nothing to do with the police or local courts.

He said: “Women are the most oppressed and the victims of many crimes in our society, and I joined the police because I think we need women ‘gatekeepers’ in our society.

Ropeta, who is currently under training, will be posted in the crime zone of Lyari.

She feels that working as a senior police officer really empowers and empowers women.

“I want to lead a female pilot and encourage gender equality in the police force. I myself have always been very supportive and attracted to police work,” the DSP said.

Her other three sisters are doctors and her younger brother is also studying medicine.

Asked what made him choose a different career, Ropeta said he had failed by one mark to clear his MBBS entrance exams. “I told my family that I was getting a degree in physical therapy but at the same time I prepared for the Sindh Professional Services Board exams and I passed that getting 16th rank among 468 candidates.” Ropeta’s father was a businessman in Jacobabad. He died when he was 13 years old and his mother took his children to Karachi and brought them up.

He admits though it is not easy to be at a high position in Sindh Police and to undergo field training in a place like Lyari, his colleagues, superiors and youths treat him with respect for his views and hard work.

Ropeta remembers that in her town it is not customary for young women to go to college, even when her family members knew that she was joining the police force, they said that she would not last long because it was a tough job.

“So far I’ve proven them wrong,” he said.

Ropeta hopes to play a big role in portraying a better image of the police which many people still don’t trust and therefore don’t report crimes.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an integrated feed.)

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