Towards empowerment: Women complaint units set up in 56 police stations

More than 100 women constables have been deployed.


Our Correspondent July 24, 2013
Women constables at a ladies desk in Batgram. PHOTO: NNI

PESHAWAR:


The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) police has established women complaint units in 56 police stations across the province where 116 lady constables have been deployed.


Units have been set up in police stations in Peshawar, Mardan, Abbottabad, Swat, Bannu, Nowshera and DI Khan. Staff desks have also been established in Mardan District Hospital, Mardan Medical Complex, Casualty Hospital Swat and Medical Complex Abbottabad to further facilitate women requiring legal assistance from the police.

“The units have been established upon the directives of K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak. Eventually, such units will be set up in all police stations,” a police official told The Express Tribune. Of the 25 provincial districts, complaint centres have been set up in police stations across 18 districts. More units will be set up in the remaining seven districts in phases, he added.



The police official said these units will work in two shifts, from 8am to 8pm. The police, however, does not have enough female staff and a summary has been sent to the provincial government for additional recruitment in the coming days, he added. “Around 116 women have been deployed, but we are really short of female constables.” More women will be recruited to overcome the staff shortage.



“In the seven districts, including Tor Ghar and Kohistan, women complaint units will be set up in the second phase after more staff is recruited,” he said. The official claimed these steps are aimed at providing women legal help and an easy environment to lodge their complaints, adding this is a first for the province where women police officials will serve women. “This is a first step to change the thana culture in the province.”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2013.

COMMENTS (13)

KWaziri | 8 years ago | Reply @Khurram: How ungrateful of you! Even if Punjab have all these solutions deployed, that does not and cannot take credit away from PTI for implementing them in KPK. "PTI have introduced nothing new so far", how about I say that for Metro Bus system, Turkey had it implemented for years. How about the road network?! Every developed country has much better road networks than the mess in Lahore. How about stupid laptop scheme? NO country wastes money like this when other much more important matters are pending. My friend, others too can say PMLN has implemented nothing new, and what is implemented in flawed in its base. I certainly dont mean the views I've given above, I'm just saying when someone takes a positive step, accept it with a positive attitude. We don't appereciate others where its due, and get no appreciation from the world over because of this. We should portray our actions with such a positive vibe that the whole world thinks "Pakistan is definitely going forward". Instead they say "Its a fluke, their own people say that!". What a shame.
Khurram | 8 years ago | Reply

@Zoaib: It will be full of Spam in the coming days as Many countries have started and abandoned that system because anyone can lodge any complaint against anyone. Even you can go online and without verification can implicate your Neighbor with Murder and the FIR will be registered online against an Innocent Person. I can assure you that KPK government will reverse thise decision once fake cases will start to emerge in the coming months.

@Ezio Auditore Your are pretty ignorant my friend. Do you know when PMLN was formed ??. Stop lying and do some research before making comments. Also I have met many Pukhtoons and making fun of others and pointing at one Unique instance and then generalizing whole Ethnicity based on that instance is the favorite past time of Pukhtoons so i cannot blame your ignorance and your slander at all as it is your nature to do that.

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