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Pak women cops take to roads on bikes

world Updated: Apr 04, 2008 13:10 IST
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For the first time in Pakistan's history, eight women police wardens have taken to the roads of this city on heavy-duty motorbikes to enforce traffic laws.

Riding 250cc motorcycles, the policewomen, who began patrolling the cultural capital of the country yesterday, were the cynosure of all eyes.

They were among 84 wardens given motorcycles by Lahore's police chief Malik Mohammad Iqbal to patrol the city.

"We imparted 15 days of training to eight women wardens in the first phase and as many wardens are receiving training in the second phase," Chief Traffic Officer Ghulam Mehmood Dogar told the Dawn newspaper.

The wardens will patrol key thoroughfares like The Mall, Jail Road, Gulberg Main Boulevard and Defence Main Boulevard in pairs. They will regulate traffic, help and educate people and issue tickets.

"The main focus of the women wardens will be on extending emergency help to commuters, especially women and children," Dogar said.

Separate beats comprising different sectors had been allocated to the women wardens.

There are currently 134 women traffic wardens in Lahore though most of them do office work.