These police recruits make it clear: Fighting like a girl isn’t a bad thing

I asked her if she ever felt threatened, or if she carried a weapon. “I am the weapon,” she said. 

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It’s a revolution. India’s police department sets the standard of gender equality in a rather patriarchal society. It’s almost as if the police department has been privatized. From Salwar Kamees to pantaloons, the women of India dominate the streets of Punjab as police officials and highly trained members in the ranks. There seems to be no end to where they wish to be, with more women dominating the police headquarters. These women are setting up the agency of female success across the board in countries that hold a rigid patriarchal structure.

Questions arise to whether these women would ever be brought into mainstream policing. I mean, training women is pretty neat, that is, to keep the family home in place. But such nature is long outdated and so is the notorious “thaana” culture, to keep women amidst their local ground. It’s women like Sabrina who take to the busy GT streets, travelling from Taxila and Rawalpindi every day that break into mainstream policing. “I am the weapon,” she said.

It seems to me that their confidence is highly infectious, almost as if you’re having a conversation with a Zen Buddhist Warrior. These aren’t warriors, these are women. Women who define confidence and resolution, calmness and solitude just as how all women should define themselves. There’s no end to their success and no end for our inspiration, these women fight just how a girl should.

Written by Maariyaah Shaheen

Maariyaah Shaheen

Maariyaah Shaheen is an academic and islamic studies student. She is the Founder of SisterHoodUK and runs Youth activities in her spare time. Aspiring to make a change, she's currently looking out for ways of improving her chocolate cake recipe and aiding the Ummah but not simultaneously. A dedicated #STEMinist (like a feminist but cooler).