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MoI eyes recruiting more women in police lines

AT-KABUL: Celebrating the International Women’s Day, the interior minister, Noor-ul-Haq Ulumi, said Sunday that Afghanistan was in the need of increasing the number of policewomen thus the ministry was keen to surge number of women in police lines.

He told a session in Kabul that the ministry was struggling to establish a mechanism to provide safe environment for women to join police lines without any fear and concern. “We are improving the opportunity of presence of our sisters in police lines,” he added.

He also said that women would be recruited in police lines considering the traditions of the country.

According to him, a number of women had been sent to a number of Islamic World countries for professional training, but this is not sufficient therefore the ministry was eying to increase their share in police lines.

The session was attended by stuffers of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and a number of women including rights activists.

The remarks of the interior minister about recruiting more women in the line of police come as officials in the MoI gender department said that a number of policewomen were faced with mistreatment and harassment by their men colleagues.

Head of the department, Hikmat Shahi, said that women were faced with several problems in a number of police units when they need promotion or appointment. “A number of officials avoid to recruit and appoint women in police lines and other offices of the MoI under the pretext that women will not prove vital for police lines or any other duty in the ministry.

According to the MoI, more than 2,500 women are serving in police lines. This number of would jump to 5,000 in first steps by the ministry.

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