Crime & Justice

KP Police set up first reporting room for women in tribal areas

By Javed Khan

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The police reporting room for women in Kurram can be seen in this photo taken May 1. [KP Police]

PESHAWAR -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police are establishing reporting rooms specifically for women in the erstwhile tribal districts, enabling them to better raise their complaints with authorities.

Encouraging women to come forward will help cement the gains in security that the tribal areas made after military campaigns like Operation Zarb-e-Azb killed or expelled most of the militants operating there.

The first such reporting room in the former tribal districts was set up in Parachinar, the district capital of Kurram, in the first week of May.

"The reporting room has been set up so women of the district are comfortable with approaching the police in case of any complaint," said District Police Officer (DPO) Kurram Quraysh Khan.

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A policewoman performs her duties May 1 at the first female police reporting room in Kurram. [KP Police]

At least three female officials always will be present in the reporting room, he said, adding that KP Police hired 15 policewomen for the role.

Another two reporting rooms will be set up in central Kurram and the Sadda subdivision after the recruitment of another 50 policewomen, said Khan.

"Toys have been placed for children coming with their mothers to the reporting room," he added.

Other newly merged districts of the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are set to establish female reporting rooms.

"We are going to recruit policewomen as well so they can help the local police in dealing with various issues related to females," said DPO Orakzai Nisar Ahmad Khan.

"More steps will be taken for the welfare of the police and the public in coming days," said Khan.

Female reporting rooms and the women's desk at police stations in KP were first set up in July 2013 in Swat and Swabi.

Female desks were first set up in three police stations as well as the local hospital to facilitate women, said former DPO Swabi Mian Saeed Ahmad.

"The desks were set up to encourage local women to approach police in a comfortable environment according to the local culture in case of any need," said Saeed.

Normally women approach female police reporting rooms over family disputes, inheritance issues, harassment and the verification of documents as well as other police-related issues, according to Saeed.

Many women are performing well in the police force at senior levels across Pakistan, he said, adding that they are receiving public praise on social media and other forums for their bravery, hard work and commitment.

No hesitation

"The female reporting room in Kurram and other tribal districts will help local women seek help from the force ... without any hesitation," said Ihsan, a teacher from Kurram who declined to give her first name.

The women's reporting rooms and dispute resolution councils to settle local disputes were introduced to residents of FATA after the extension of the KP Police to these areas, she noted.

The KP Police extended civilian policing to the former tribal districts last year and recently merged with the Khasadars and Levies.

"There should be more public friendly forums like police access service, police assistance lines and more for the welfare of tribe members," said Ihsan.

Women should have more representation in dispute resolution councils and other forums so that local women feel comfortable approaching them, she added.

"In the conservative tribal system, women must feel comfortable enough to approach all male forums, so they need representation everywhere to encourage them to demand their rights and raise their voice against any injustice," she added.

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Its ok, but it will take time. But it will surely be successful.

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For the first time in Punjab, the Rawalpindi police have established a special reporting desk on the premises of the women police station with a transgender woman as a facilitator and victim support officer to facilitate the transgender people. Reem Shareef, who holds a master degree in International Relations, will play as a bridge between the transgender people and police. A male and a female police officer will also work with her at the “Tahaffuz” reporting centre. City Police Officer (CPO) Mohammad Ahsan Younas told Dawn that “Tahaffuz” reporting and khidmat markaz is the first of its kind for transgender people in Punjab. He said there will be a counseling room for transgender people. Whoever faces any problem in the Rawalpindi district, they will be facilitated at the reporting desk. Shareef had been a student of engineering but due to gender discrimination she could not pursue the engineering education and decided to go for a master degree in International Relations. “Yes, she can speak and write well and will be the best choice to communicate between her community and the police,” the CPO said, adding though she will not be a police employee she will help her community fight for equal treatment in society. Transgender people face pervasive discrimination in many fields of life, including schools and housing besides mistreatment at work and public places.

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Every day a Pathan comes up with a trash or out dated story here. This is a second hand story, not so important now, because it had already been published in different newspapers and websites. Why Pentagon is investing too much on Pathans, hence, making Pakistan Forward as "Pakistan's Pathans Forward". Shame on you for promoting ethnicity through media

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