Women are part of Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa police. But in this terrorism-affected region, they are not only in few numbers, but they have not been taught to use weapons either.

Khatoon Bibi of Swat Special Police belongs to militancy affected village, Mangaltan. She told BBC Urdu that she had joined police force to eradicate crime and to safeguard women in society, but the female police officers haven’t been trained or taught about weapon use. “We do not have the skills that are necessary for a police officer,” she told BBC Urdu. “While entering a house to arrest convicts during a raid, we fear getting injured,” she added.

She said that the female officers are taught to salute senior officers, but not trained for their own defence or to fight criminals. “We are defenceless in front of criminals. We cannot defend our own selves,” she said.

According to governmental statistics there are 51 policewomen out of which 35 are in special force.

Some people in Swat and Shangla revealed that although government has taught the usage of weapons to watchmen of schools and other institutes and even school teachers at some institutes, but policewomen, allocated for public security, have been deprived of this training.

Head of Shangla Special force Roshan Ali told BBC Urdu that allocation of Special Force is on temporary bases, which is why policewomen have not been trained. Under Police Order 2000, presence of policewomen is necessary during police raid but despite that, only 440 women are part of police – a number that is significantly low as compared to the female population of the province.

While talking to BBC, District Counselor of Swat, Begum Shahab said just like women police stations have been established in Peshawar and Abbotabad, similar police stations should be established in Swat and the number of lady constables should also be increased.

Courtesy BBC Urdu