Monday, Nov 24, 2014

Women traffic wardens to patrol Lahore roads on bikes

Press Trust of India | Lahore | Posted: March 28, 2014 10:20 pm

Breaking yet another glass ceiling, women traffic wardens, trained by a Sikh, will patrol busy roads on heavy bikes in the Pakistan’s second largest city.

The first batch of seven wardens formally started the patrolling today after completing its training.

Riding Harley Davidson look-alike bikes with wind shields, the women zoomed on the roads wearing helmets and sunglasses.

They have been trained to drive 250-CC heavy bikes by experts from Atlas Honda and Sikh traffic warden Gulab Singh.

“Lady wardens’ deployment on roads sends a message to the public that women could work in jobs traditionally considered for men only,” Lahore Traffic Police spokesman Ali Nawaz told PTI.

He said the second batch of nine lady wardens will be on the roads in next two months.

“The second batch is taking training under the supervision of traffic and Atlas Honda experts,” he said.

Chief Traffic Officer Sohail Chaudhry said women wardens would patrol on specified city roads where they would also maintain traffic flow in any emergency situation.

The traffic police had deployed lady wardens on roads a few years back, but had to later assign them office jobs as they faced teasing and harassment.

The traffic police had a total of 140 female wardens.

Nawaz said some youngsters were arrested for harassing female wardens in the past and if any citizen is found involved in these activities, strict action would be taken against them.

Gulab Singh is the first Sikh traffic warden in Pakistan and was inducted into Lahore Traffic Police a few years back.

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