Kathmandu, November 7:
Hasina Banu, the first Muslim woman to join the government security organisation of Nepal, says she joined the Nepal Police to show the world that women, too, can make a living and earn prestige.
The 23-year-old Muslim woman of Latikoili village development committee-2 of Surkhet, joined the police force as a constable nine months ago. Following the completion of training, Banu has been posted at the Surkhet District Police Office.
Hasina, the third wife of Ajit Baksa, a driver by profession, says she got a divorce as her husband did not love her. â€œAs I found no other option to make a living, I dared to join the police force,â€ she said, adding: â€œI joined the police force to prove to my husband and the society that women can also earn money and social prestige.â€
Before joining the force, she was confined to household chores like sewing, cutting and sticthing clothes. â€œAfter joining the Nepal Police, I learnt to respect the elders and came to know what an organisation means. â€œI learnt about my country, politics, human rights. I feel I have become a civilised human being,â€ she noted. Training was an uphill task for Hasina. â€œIt was very very difficult for me because I was not so strong physically. But I managed to complete the training because of dedication and cooperation from trainers,â€ she said.
â€œHasina is the first female Muslim to join any security organisation of the country. Her accomplishment has made us proud,â€ said Shyam Singh Thapa, Deputy Inspector General of Police at the Administration Section of Police Headquarters. â€œWe should admire the courage of Hasina, who is from a conservative community, to join the police force,â€ he said.