On 15-02-206, at the age of 38, Basundhara Khadka joined the Nepal Police as Police Inspector and is currently the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP). When she was young she didn’t have an idea what she wanted to be in later life, but was always striving to be a good person and wanted to set an example in society.
After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Khadka was planning to go abroad for her Master’s Degree. But after reading the achievements and service provided by DSP Bimala Thapa (now Rt. DIGP), she considered Nepal Police as a career she could pursue. She applied for the post of Police Inspector and got selected. At the time she was the only female cadet of her batch.
Khadka says,”Even though in the initial days female police officers had a difficult time, now the situation has changed; both in the organization itself and in the general society. Although there may be times when female officers unlike their male colleagues, have to prove themselves, first, as being worthy of their post as officers and second that they are as capable as their male counterparts.”
Even though she’s worked for fifteen years with the Nepal Police, she has never faced any adverse situation as far as her work is concerned. She goes on to explain, “Everyone in the Nepal Police is treated professionally and with equal respect whatever their gender. This proves that the organization is always determined to increase participation, enhance capabilities and accelerate the caliber of women police officers.”
Talking about her job Khadka says, “It is an adventurous job with diverse working areas. One can travel in and out of country bearing various official responsibilities. There are countless national and international opportunities to enrich one’s self confidence, develop personality and attend capacity enhancing training programs.” She has served for fifteen years as a Police officer and has enjoyed every moment of her uniformed life which has in return, given her an identity.
In addition to her attachment with the police force, she enjoys the respect and honor that comes with being a woman in uniform and as a leader she has proved herself worthy of being an officer of the organization. Khadka has worked in various capacities: she was in charge of the Metro Police Sector, Lainchour, then served with the Tourist Police, NCB- Kathmandu and District Myagdi which has proven her capability of taking charge. Her affiliation with Interpol as an OIC for NCB-Kathmandu provided her the opportunity to get acquainted with international policing networks and systems to deal with priority crime worldwide. She gained further experiences when she was engaged with the United Nations mission in Sudan and South Sudan (UNMIS and UNMISS). There she honed her skills and boosted her knowledge on the subject and as a female Police Officer of Nepal Police, she was proud to represent her country in an African country in difficult circumstances.
At age 27, Chetana Pokhrel has completed four years of service in the police force and is currently working in the Nepal Traffic Department. As a child Chetana was a very curious little girl and what she wanted to be later in life changed from time to time. But she recalls that becoming a police officer was not one of them. After completing her Bachelor's degree, she was working as a school teacher when one day she read an article in the Kantipur magazine entitled 'Female police officers in Nepal Police'. That very day she decided to join the Nepal police, and luckily for her, she met all the criteria required of a candidate. She told her parents about her wish and they were quite happy about it.
As being a police officer is a 24 hour service requiring her to stay in the barracks to complete her duties, Pokhrel explains how sometimes work is overwhelming. She says, “It seems difficult to get into the police service as a female not only because it is a male dominated profession, but because of our double responsibilities at home and in the office. However like in every profession, the other main challenge that confronts female officers is the existing prejudices among our male colleagues and seniors.”
Chetana explains how in the present situation women are given equal priority and respect in the Police force, like the women-friendly new physical infrastructure of Nepal Police. They are also given more responsibilities in the field of operations and investigation. Pokhrel herself is now in charge of the Metropolitan Police Sector in Pulchowk, a highly sensitive and commercially busy area. She also believes people’s perception of a ‘female’ police officer has changed over time and everyone is now much more respectful and willing to accept them as police officers.
Talking about her job Pokhrel says, “It would be a lie if I say it is easy, but as a police officer one has to deal with unpredictable and uncertain things every day. You can never stick to your routine, as you have to deal with infinite issues which you must be ready to handle efficiently and successfully. But the eternal beauty and charm of my profession lies in that difficulty.”
With great enthusiasm and positive attitude, Chetana was recruited as an Inspector of the Nepal Police and she successfully completed seventeen months of rigorous training. After postings in many different locations, she has been in charge of the Pulchwok area for the past seven months.