Bengaluru: Officials at the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) are a surprised lot. Expecting nothing more than SSLC candidates for the new female unit being created within the KSRP, senior officials have been flooded with graduates, including one engineer, hailing from small towns of the state.
One of them is Shoba Mantur, a 27-year-old engineering graduate from Jamkhandi taluk, Bagalkote District. Shobha completed her engineering from Haveri in Electronics and Communications and looked to the KSRP after failing to clear the KAS prelims. "I always dreamed of working in the police department. So I sat for the KSRP entrance test as well," she says.
Shobha comes from a humble background. Her father is a farmer but that didn't prevent her from chasing her dreams. Shobha's inspiration is her younger sister, who works in the Mundgod police station as part of state civil police service.
"I was interested to join the police service and my younger sister inspired me. My family's financial condition is not so good. And what's wrong in joining police force? People will respect women more if she is into police force and it is a very discipline and committed job," she says defiantly.
Training in KSRP has made her disciplined, stronger and more confident. She is planning to write excise sub-inspector exams next month.
One of the youngest in the new female unit is 21-year-old Umme Salma, who dropped out of her engineering course to join the service.
Hailing from Yargatti in Belgaum district, Salma was pursuing her BE in Computer Science from Angadi Engineering College when she received news that she had cleared the KSRP entrance test. "I had taken computer science engineering in Angadi Engineering College. But my interest was towards serving in the police department," she says.
Salma's parents are government school teachers and she has three siblings - two younger sisters and a younger brother.
Salma's inspiration is Kiran Bedi. "I have grown up seeing and reading about Kiran Bedi. Kiran Bedi and my parents inspired me to join the force," she says.
Salma says that her parents supported her though some of her relatives discouraged her from joining the KSRP. "Women from all communities are stepping out to work. We have been able to match men everywhere in every field. So, why not in the state police service," she asks.
Now that she has found a job, Salma plans to pursue B.Sc through distance education.