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Women Policing in Pakistan: Prospects and Challenges

Sajjad Hussain1, Hamid Alam2 & Farhat Ullah3,

Women role has changed considerably during the last few decades and Pakistani women are joining those professions where they could not enter in the past. Despite this trend, women face difficulties in the form of socio-cultural constraints to join law enforcing agencies. Women police face problems in the police department in the form of discouragement from co-workers, senior officials, un-conducive work environment inside police stations, lack of facilities,
strict working hours, lack of career development opportunities, discrimination and sexual harassment. In addition, due to male dominancy and cultural values the women has to seek the permission of their male head of the house to join police.
These problems hinder women to join police force due to which their representation is meagre as compared to other countries.