Women at work: “Here, everyone knows that we are rock hard”
A man slows sharply, he stops in front of the police station. It is night, he sticks his head out the car window and calls out to the on-duty police officer: "Will you come with me, bitch?" The man races away, but police pursue him and arrest him. He has for two months in prison. "With us, no one puts on," says Sushila Pradhan. She is a police officer in the Nepalese town of Pokhara. "Here, everyone knows that we are tough." Working in the guard-women.
In Nepal, with its 30.5 million inhabitants, of which about 60 000 police officers, including some 3,500 women. And rising. The government has set a 20 per cent quota. Many work in lower ranks or in nursing. "The improved position of women in the police, because they are getting better educated," says Pradhan. Her colleagues call her "sir".
Parvati Nepali wears on his forehead a little red color, the mark of a married Hindu woman. "When I was little, I saw in Kathmandu mounted policemen, and I wanted one day so wear a uniform," she says. But the smart uniforms can not always consolation for the disadvantages: Nepali has two children. "We spend less time with our family, because we are always on duty." In a country where strikes and demonstrations part of daily life, the officials on call around the clock.