Meets The First Khyber Pakhtunkhwa women DPO

Meets The First Khyber Pakhtunkhwa women DPO

Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where women have less opportunity to serve in important and senior government positions.

In other departments, although the number of female employees has been increasing in the last few years, there has been no significant increase in the number of female officers in the police sector.

Nationwide, only 2% of the police force was female until 2017, and this number has increased slightly in the last three years.

While the number of women in the police is low, the number of women officers in the police is almost non-existent. However, women are now being appointed to higher posts, which has boosted the morale of young girls.

One such female officer is Sonia Shamroz, the first District Police Officer (DPO) of Chitral District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who has been in the top post for a few months.

Sonia Shamroz belongs to a family in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, whose members had never got a government job before her, so there is no question of a woman's job.

However, Sonia Shamroz is fortunate to be a character who will change the history and tradition of her family.

Sonia Shamroz says she came up with the idea to wear a uniform when she was studying at Army Burn Hall College in Abbottabad, which led to her passing the Higher Competition Commission (CSS) exam and getting a job in the police. Of

Sonia Shamrooz was initially promoted to the post of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) but over time she has been promoted to the post of ASP. Also learned

She says that while she initially became a police officer, other people were surprised, but also male police officers were worried about how they would work with a woman, but over time and hard work on their part. Later, the male officers realized that they could work with him without any hesitation.

Sonia Shamroz also served in other parts of the province, including Abbottabad, and was later selected for higher education in violence against women at York University in the United Kingdom.

Sonia Shamroz is also one of the few female police officers in Pakistan who have been selected and trained for the UN (UNDP) 'Peace and Justice' program. ۔

Later, Sonia Shamroz was given the responsibilities of DPO in Chitral earlier this year and under the 'Peace and Justice' program there, with the help of the United Nations and the European Union (EU), the Gender Response Desk (GRD) He also set up a model police station including RD.

She has set up a special model police station in Lower Chitral with a staff of female personnel, which aims to provide timely and better guidance and assistance to women in the area.

Sonia Shamroz says she is facing two of the biggest problems in Chitral and is trying to overcome them as soon as possible.

Referring to the problems of Chitral, he said that the suicide rate among young girls in the area was higher than the rest of the country and the issue was the biggest problem in the area.

According to him, the suicide rate among young girls in Chitral is high due to other issues including domestic violence, incestuous marriages and unwilling relationships.

Describing the second problem of the area, he said that the second problem of Chitral was to get young girls from remote districts or people of other provinces to get married.

According to Sonia Shamrooz, parents of young girls in Chitral marry off their daughters to elderly people in other provinces, including those from remote districts, in exchange for money, which is why girls there end their lives.

DPO Chitral says that he had set up a model police station a month ago but within a month, his police station has solved about 100 cases and the female officers of the model police station are increasingly young in the area. Helping the girls.

The Model Police Station is set up to provide legal assistance to girls who have been forced to commit suicide, and the role of the Model Police Station is being appreciated.