Manisha Rupita is making headlines not only because she is one of the few female officers holding prestigious positions in the Sindh Police, but also for the fact that the 26-year-old has become Pakistan’s first woman deputy superintendent from the minority Hindu community. of the police.
In Pakistan’s male-dominated society and culture, it is difficult for women to join what are considered “masculine” professions such as the police force.
“Since childhood, my sisters and I have seen the same old system of patriarchy where girls are told that if they want to study and work, Rupita, who hails from Jacobabad in Sindh, So they can only become teachers or doctors.
Rupita, who hails from a middle-class family in Jacobabad in interior Sindh province, says she wants to dispel the sentiment that girls from well-to-do families should have nothing to do with the police or district courts.
“Women are the most oppressed and victims of many crimes in our society and I joined the police because I think we need ‘protector’ women in our society,” she says.
Rupita, who is currently undergoing training, will be posted in the crime-ridden area of Lyari.
She feels that working as a senior police officer really empowers and empowers women.
“I want to lead the feminization drive and encourage gender equality in the police force. I myself have always been very inspired and fascinated by police work,” says the DSP.
Her other three sisters are doctors and her youngest brother is also studying medicine.
Asked what prompted her to choose a different profession, Rupita says she failed her MBBS entrance exams by one mark. “Then I told my family that I was pursuing a degree in physical therapy but at the same time I prepared for the Sindh Public Services Commission exams and I passed by securing 16th position out of 468 candidates.”
Rupita’s father was a businessman in Jacobabad. She died when she was 13 years old after which her mother brought her children to Karachi and raised them.
She admits that although it is not easy to hold a senior position in the Sindh Police and get field training in a place like Lyari, her peers, superiors and juniors treat her with respect for her ideas and hard work. come.
Rupita recalls that it was not common for girls in her hometown to pursue higher education and even when her relatives learned that she was joining the police force, they said that she was more The days will not last because it is a difficult profession.
“So far I’ve proven them wrong,” she says.
Rupita hopes to play a bigger role in portraying a better image of the police, which many people still don’t trust and thus don’t report crimes.
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