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Lieutenant Islam Bibi: Protecting the Elections

September 19, 2010

Although the taliban threat to voters yesterday was high, female police officers were deployed to polling stations nationwide yesterday to ensure that everyone going in or out could be searched for weapons or bombs.

In Helmand Province, Lieutenant Islam Bibi trained her officers to be stationed in the female sections of the polling booths.

“I trained twenty girls to carry out this role,” said Lieutenant Bibi. “We enforced good security so that more people could come out to vote.”

Lieutenant Bibi has been a policewoman for the past six years. She is among a rising number of female officers in the Afghan National Police.

At the provincial police headquarters in Lashkar Gah there are now sixteen police women in the service, some of whom were police officers long before the Taliban regime took power but they had to give up their jobs until the Taliban was ousted in 2001.

Female Police Lieutenant Islam Bibi and ANP High Captain Mohammed Arah outside the provincial police headquarters in Lashkar Gah during preparations for yesterday’s Parliamentary Elections.

Lieutenant Islam Bibi poses with Afghan National Army soldiers and an AOB officer, outside the provincial police headquarters in Lashkar Gah ahead of the Afghan Parliamentary Elections.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. jack permalink
    September 19, 2010 11:27

    It is great to see muslim women empowering themselves. I send all my best wishes to Islam and her crew. this is what is needed.

  2. September 19, 2010 12:02

    I wish your country peace and happiness and education and health , rights for women.
    A women´s touch… means absolutely women´s power. Congratulations! And it supports our troops!

  3. Christopher Baxter permalink
    July 4, 2013 23:33

    It was very sad to hear about Lt Bibi’s assassination today, however, both afghan men and women are involved in this struggle and yet more women (and men) of the legions of willing Afghans and other must and will step forward to take her place. My condolences to her family and her Police unit. “Semper Fidelis” – “Always Faithful”.

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