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Empowering Women: Police in Lahore want the city’s women to reclaim public spaces—by learning how to drive motorcycles

By Tanya Khan
This article was originally posted on Newsweek
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Women in Pakistan face significant challenges. Honor killings, forced marriages and sexual harassment are among the worst, and most visible, offenses, but the pervasive misogyny is no less prominent on the country’s roads, where men can often deride and harass women drivers, prompting many to seek male ‘protection’ while driving. The harassment tends to be worst for women on bicycles or motorcycles, traditionally considered “men only” vehicles. The sight of women on motorcycles is so rare that images of women on public roads have gone viral on social media amid calls for greater government support for the “pioneers.” The Special Monitoring Unit (Law and Order), in collaboration with City Traffic Police Lahore and U.N. Women—an organization dedicated to gender equality—hopes to achieve this with Women on Wheels, Pakistan’s first government-sponsored training program for women who want to ride motorcycles.

“We [the Punjab government] want to make sure that women feel empowered” and at par with men, says Salman Sufi, the head of the law and order wing. By training them to ride motorcycles, which are a much cheaper alternative to cars, women can become more independent, he added. To start off, 150 women are being trained by the City Traffic Police at their Thokar Niaz Baig office. Imtiaz Rafiq, who is supervising the lessons, says over 60 women have been trained in the past three weeks using motorcycles donated by Honda.

The training process is designed to ensure even complete novices can achieve mastery of the vehicle within a few weeks, says Lady Traffic Warden Sidra Saleem. Each class starts with the basics of learning how to achieve balance on a bicycle. Once this has been achieved, they are taught the basics of ABC: Acceleration, Brake and Clutch, using actual motorcycles. In addition to informing the trainees about traffic rules and the basics of driving, says Saleem, the women are also taught how to overcome common problems encountered by motorcyclists.

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Social audit unable to justify police funding over last two years

By Anwer Hussain Sumra (Daily Times)

LAHORE: The social audit of the Punjab police, which is generally conducted by a third party, has not been able to properly asses or justify the bulk of the non-development budget being provided since July 2006 to end the shabby thana culture of police stations, an official told Daily Times.

Thana culture refers to the general impression that the public has about thanas and police officials that are found there. In July 2006, the former chief minister of Punjab conducted a social audit of all police stations after various reforms had been introduced, the official, requesting anonymity, said. He added that community policing, waiting rooms, duty officers, extra allowances for sub-ordinates, shift system and the provision of new weapons and vehicles at all police stations had been implemented. Continue reading

Lahore will finally get a Forensic Science Agency

  By Anwer Hussain Sumra

LAHORE: The Punjab government has decided to hire the services of a forensic expert, of international calibre, to head the Forensic Science Agency (FSA), a Home Department official told Daily Times on Monday.

The government advertised the vacancy in international newspapers to invite the applications of the most qualified candidates. Seven candidates replied to the advertisement, most of them Pakistani’s. The Planning and Development Hiring Committee consultant selected the most qualified candidate for the job, who has worked in four countries abroad. Continue reading

Lahore’s seedy brothels and official hypocrises

This little news item encapsulates a world of forbidden pleasures, sleaze, official hypocrisy and the appreciation that the Police gets when crime and lawlessness require a shift in priorities. Who can ever run a brothel and sell consumer sex without Police information and tacit approval in the first place??

‘Brothel’ raided

LAHORE: Green Town Police raided a brothel-cum-dance club and arrested five people including a girl. They also recovered 4,000 bottles of foreign liquor and an illegal weapon. The arrested were identified as Zubair, Irshad Kamal, Sheraz, Rashid Butt and Iram. The place’s owner, Aysha of 69/B- PCSIR Colony and her four accomplices fled. Rashid Butt had told the police that Aysha used to supply foreign liquor to residents of affluent localities of Lahore and Islamabad and the consignment seized by the police was about to be sent to Islamabad. He further told the police that some of the liquor had been stored in Punjab Society, in the limits of Sattukatla Police Station. Police raided the said place and recovered 4,000 bottles of liquor. The senior superintendent of police has announced cash prizes and appreciation certificates for the police team. staff report