Sonia Shamroz, the first woman district police officer of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who recently joined the Chitral Police, is in discussion these days. His family brought up Shamroz and his four sisters, thinking that nothing would be impossible for them in life. With the help of the family, Shamroz has become the first woman DPO (DPO) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to the report of Image Dawn, the number of women in the Pakistan Police Force is less than two percent. In this, the number of the women police force in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is even less. These figures show Shamroz’s resolve. At the same time, we can also guess the challenges that they had to face during their journey.
Journey more Challenging than Exam
Many people of Shamroz’s family work in government service. He studied at Army Burn Hall College. He said that discipline and uniform inspired me and that is why I took the CSS exam. It was not as difficult for Shamroz to sit the exam and pass it as his journey was challenging. Shamroz, the mother of a girl, was the first woman to go to police training.
In this difficult period, her husband and in-laws supported her and took care of her daughter, so that Shamroz was able to complete her training. His first post was as Mansehra’s ASP, which was a great opportunity for him to learn. He said that initially people were confused to see a woman as a policeman but my efforts and work won their trust.
Chitral’s Biggest Problem is the Suicide Rate
he said that I went to the crime scene in Mansehra and apprehended the culprits, who worked to change the image of women as police. Along with Shamroz posting in Oghi and Abbottabad, he also worked as the Principal of the Police Training School in Mansehra. He was then selected as a Chevening Scholar to study ‘Violence against Women and Conflict’ at York University, United Kingdom.
Without the support, experiences, and training of her family, Shamroz would not have been able to travel this journey. Recently she joined the Chitral Police as a DPO. After assuming office, they are being discussed. He said that the two major issues of Chitral are the first suicide rate, whose victims are mostly women. They feel that most of the women are suffering, there is a lack of opportunities and there is no one to listen to the complaint.
Down district marriage is also a big problem
Shamroz said that many young girls especially commit suicide when they are forced to marry someone or are victims of domestic violence. Instead of finding a solution to the problem, she commits suicide. The second issue is the ‘Down District Marriage’, in which men from other districts and provinces come to North Chitral and go away by marrying younger girls. Many times their parents are also given money for this.
More than 100 cases resolved since January
Shamroz is constantly working to give women a favorable environment and change the system. After January, she has solved more than 100 cases. A social worker working in Lower Chitral told Image on the condition of anonymity that he was receiving harassment calls from different numbers. They did not understand what to do. Finally, she approached the new women’s desk of Chitral police station and DPO Sonia and Officer Dilshad Pari investigated the case. In no time, they found the culprit and punished him.