In Pakistan’s male-dominated society and culture, it is difficult for women to engage in occupations considered “masculine” such as the police force.
Ropeta from Jacobabad area of Sindh says, “Since childhood, my sisters and I have seen the same old system of patriarchy, where girls are told that if they want to be educated and want to work, it is only through a teacher or a doctor. as it may be.”
Ropeta, who hails from a middle-class family in Jacobabad in inner Sindh province, says she wants to end the feeling that girls from good families have nothing to do with the police or district courts.
“Women are the most oppressed in our society and the target of many crimes and I joined the police because I think we need ‘protector’ women in our society,” she says.
Ropeta, who is currently in training, will be deployed in the crime-hit area laris,
He feels that working as a senior police officer really empowers and empowers women.
“I want to lead a feminization campaign and encourage gender equality in the police force. I myself have always been very inspired and attracted by police work.” DSP it is said.
Her three other sisters are all doctors and her youngest brother is also studying medicine.
When asked what motivated her to choose a different profession, Ropeta says that she failed by one mark to clear the MBBS entrance exams. “I then told my family that I was pursuing a degree in physical therapy, but at the same time I prepared for Sindh Public Service Commission Took the exams and I secured 16th position out of 468 candidates.
Ropeta’s father was a businessman in Jacobabad. She passed away when she was 13 years old, after which her mother brought her children to Karachi and raised them.
She admits that being in a senior position in Sindh Police is not easy and receiving field training at a place like Lyari, her colleagues, seniors and juniors are treated with respect for her ideas and hard work.
Ropeta recalls that it was not normal for girls to pursue higher education in her hometown and even when her relatives found out that she was joining the police force, they said she would not be for long. Because it is a difficult profession.
“So far I’ve proved them wrong,” she says.
Ropeta is hopeful to play a bigger role in projecting a better image of the police, which many people still do not trust and thus do not report crimes.