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Manisha Ropeta becomes first Hindu DSP of Pakistan

Manisha Ropeta said that she wants to set the example that girls from good families can join police networks and work in district courts.

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Manisha Ropeta, 26, has become the first Hindu District Superintendent of Police (DSP). Ropeta belongs to a middle class from Jacobbabad. She is currently under training and will most likely be posted in Lyari.

Manisha Ropeta said that she wants to set the example that girls from good families can join police networks and work in district courts. She asserted that joining the police empowers women and girls.

“From childhood, I and my sisters have seen the same old system of patriarchy where girls are told if they want to get educated and work it can only be as teachers or doctors,” she said.

“Women are the most oppressed and the target of many crimes in our society and I joined the police because I feel we need ‘protector’ women in our society,” she added.

Manisha aims to encourage gender equality in the police. “I want to lead a feminisation drive and encourage gender equality in the police force. I have always been very inspired and attracted to the police work.”

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Her three other siblings are all doctors and her youngest brother is also studying medicine. In police, Ropeta is aiming to take on tough and challenging tasks. She passed the Sindh Public Service Commission examination last year. She was ranked 16th on the list of 152 successful candidates.

A report published two weeks ago showed Pakistan was the second-worst country on the list. The report was published by World Economic Forum. The geneva-based organization tracked inequalities in 146 countries in several categories including education, health, economic opportunity, and political empowerment.

The top five worst countries are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Chad. Meanwhile, the top countries were Finland, Norway, New Zealand, and Sweden. The country ranked 145 on economic participation,  143 on health and survival, 135 on educational attainment, and 95 on political participation.

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