Women in police to get equal opportunity' -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Women in police to get equal opportunity’

KARACHI, May 30 2006: Sindh Women Development Directorate will ensure that women associated with Sindh Police are provided equal opportunities of promotion and professional growth at par with their men counterparts.

This was announced by Dr Saida Malik, Minister Women Development, at a seminar on ëGender Sensitisationí jointly organised by the Directorate and Sindh Police, here on May 29. Regretting that women cops of the provincial police department, unlike mechanisms in other provinces as well as federal level, are treated under a separate cadre thus exposing them to distinction, the minister said it will be ensured that women police of Sindh are merged in general police cadre-offered opportunities and facilities on equal footing.

Responding to presentations made by CCPO Karachi, Niaz Siddiqui, Additional IG Sindh, Abdul Razzaq Cheema and DIG Zafar Ahmed Farooqui, she said there was no dearth of capable women to join the police service but there was dire need on part of police itself to emerge as a public friendly institution. “We need role models within the police force that may motivate educated and committed men and women to be part of it” she said. She added that police department, in their direct interaction with general public including women needs to improve public perception and confidence in it.

Dr Saida stressed that there was urgent need to particularly change the police mindset about issues as violence, particularly domestic violence and crimes committed against women. Sindh Law Minister, Chaudhry Iftikhar speaking on the occasion underscored the need to acknowledge services delivered by police, at times even of quite junior ranks as constables and sub-inspectors for the cause of providing timely relief to the victims and bringing to book even the most influential criminals.
Source: The News