Inclusion of Women in the Bangladesh Police Service: Institutional Concurrence or professional Compromise?
Institutional Concurrence or professional Compromise?
Keywords:Inclusion, Women, Bangladesh Police, Institution, Professionalism
Only couple of years back, we hailed at the propitious news of 21 gallant female officers being awarded the Bangladesh Police Women Award 2017. ("21 female cops get Bangladesh Police Women Award'17", 2017). How wonderful it felt to witness women accomplish and triumph in a profession which was and still is considered the male domain. People were awestruck and were left to discuss their marvelous success. The satisfaction of patting their backs and enchanting the mantra of women employment and empowerment nevertheless draws a sigh, if we once look at the innumerous challenges and the bumpy road these women had to tread on their journey to success. This paper therefore is an attempt to explore the challenges faced by the female police officers in Bangladesh Police, a profession very new to Bangladeshi women and a road less taken by them more so. Because of the preconceived notion on her fragile, delicate and tender nature, the ancient society gave women the role of a caregiver, comforter and companion. The study is based on rigorous content analysis. The available primary and secondary sources were analyzed and few mid-level female police officers were interviewed through the snowball method. The paper finds that the female officers faced many challenges like social barriers, cultural dilemmas, and male domination, absence of separate washroom and lack of daycare centre. Even so, women were encouraged and advised to take up careers that were considered "female-friendly", for instance, teaching, nursing and medicine, However, with time, women have come out from that defined character, stood beside men in times of dire need and proved otherwise. They proved that, given the opportunity and platform, women can excel in areas that are thought to be inappropriate and improper for them.
Keywords: Inclusion, Women, Bangladesh Police, Institutional Concurrence, Professionalism, Professional compromise.
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