Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Parvati Thapa Magar

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Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Parvati Thapa Magar was born in February 1960, in Simal Gairi of Gorkha district.
Deputy Inspector General of the Nepal Police.
Born in February 1960, in Simal Gairi of Gorkha district
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Parvati Thapa Magar was born the eldest of six children in a family which belonged to the indigenous community of Magar. Quiet and sentimental as a child, she now appears as a bold and daring police officer.
 Like all successful women, she faced the many upheavals Nepali society presents. Thapa Magar could not enjoy much of her childhood as she was expected to look after her younger sisters and brothers. Her parents raised her as a son as she was their first child after many years of marriage. Her father called her his first son and inspired a boyish instinct in her. She was loaded with homely responsibilities which made her a responsible member in the family. She held full responsibility for household duties at the age of eight to enable her parents to work.
 Thapa Magar\'s father served in the India Army while her mother engaged in household works, leaving no one to guide her in her study. She performed the role of guardian during early childhood, caring for her two younger sisters and three younger brothers. Her academic life began only after her parents decided to shift from Gorkha to the Terai\'s Chitwan district for the sake of their children\'s education as there were no good schools and transportation facilities in Gorkha at the time.
She passed her School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exam in 1979 from Khaireni Secondary School in Chitwan, having to walk for an hour to reach her school every day. Her academic performance was satisfactory, however she was less able to perform in extracurricular activities and sports as she was bound to household chores outside school hours. Nevertheless, Thapa Magar was the only girl to pass the SLC exams in her batch and the only Magar girl to pass in her community.
Although she did not aim to become a police officer, she was attracted to images of female police and army officers whose pictures she saw in Indian magazines brought back by her father from India. She was also influenced by the characters of women police inspectors in Hindi movies.
There was no one to guide Thapa Magar after she passed her SLC exams, unsupported in her decision on which stream to follow in her higher education. She came to Kathmandu alone in 1979 to pursue her wish for higher education. She thanked her trusting father who allowed this bold move despite his relatives pressuring him to marry off his eldest daughter instead.
When Thapa Magar came to Kathmandu she had no idea which subjects to study, which college to join, and even where to live. She was finally admitted to the Humanities department in Padma Kanya College where she continued to study up to Intermediate Level amid marriage pressure from her family. Although girls from indigenous community married early, Thapa Magar was fortunate enough to be able to complete her Intermediate level first, tying the knot with Bhim Bahadur Thapa Magar after joining her bachelor\'s level in 1981.
 It was only after her marriage that Thapa Magar began to pave her way to success. Her husband was a police sub-inspector and encouraged her to join the police, thinking his family would run smoothly if both husband and wife worked in the same profession. He advised her to apply for the post of inspector as soon as she completed her bachelor\'s degree. She joined the Nepal Police in 1983 as a sub-inspector. At the time her first daughter was only two years old and she gave birth to her second child the following year. In those days very few women held positions in security institutions in Nepal.
 Besides Thapa Magar\'s father, her father-in-law and other relatives were also in the army service. This influenced her to strive harder within the Nepal Police despite her status as mother of two children. When she was selected as sub-inspector in the technical department of Birendra Police Hospital in Maharajgunj through free competition, both her father and father-in-law were overwhelmingly happy.
Thapa Magar became an inspector in 1986 after serving as sub-inspector for three years. Previously, women were not allowed to compete for the post of inspector in the Nepal Police, however when D.B. Lama was assigned Inspector General of Police, he amended the law to include women candidates for officers\' level through open and free competition. Thapa Magar, along with three other women, took this opportunity and competed for the post of inspector in 1986 and succeeded.
Her training course for inspector equaled that of a male inspector. There was no privilege for women just because they were women. Thapa Magar\'s husband sympathized with her and suggested she leave the job if she found it too hard. But she refused and forged ahead, actually enjoying the hard training and deciding to move forward professionally.
Thapa Magar worked as a video editor among other technical works in the technical department. She also worked as a newsreader for a program called \"Prahari Anurodh\", which was aired on state-run Nepal Television. Once she joined the police force, she steadily climbed the ladder of promotion.
In 1993 Thapa Magar was promoted to the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police then assigned head of Dhading District Police Office two years later. She was the first woman in Nepal Police to become head of a district police office. She was then selected to be a member of the UN Peace Keeping Operation through free competition. In 1995 she served in a mission in Bosnia Herzegovina for 14 months, where she worked with representatives of 34 nations. Likewise, she worked in a PKO in the west African country for a year in 2004.
Despite her busy life, Thapa Magar completed her one year post graduate course at Padma Kanya College in 1997. Not only did she achieve this, but she also strove to complete her LLB (Bachelor\'s of Law) from Nepal Law College. After she returned from the PKO mission she served as head of the Women and Children Division in Nepal Police. She was promoted to the post of Superintendent of Police in 1999. She became a head of Mechi Zonal Police Office in 2006 as a Senior Superintendent of Police, again achieving the first national record. She was the first female police officer to head a zonal level police office. She was then transferred to the Gandaki Zonal Police Office for two years at the end of 2006.
Thapa Magar has always given priority to her duty and is proud of her professional performance. However, her achievements came at the expense of time with her two children which pinches her heart deeply. Once her brothers\' and sisters\' babysitter, she left her own children in the care of assistants. She sent her daughter and son to a school hostel when they reached school age. But if she had not sacrificed her family affection at that time she would not have achieved what she has today.
 Very few people in Nepal understand and evaluate what sacrifices a woman must make to obtain a better position. Thapa Magar reached her present position not by taking advantage of gender privilege, but through sheer competence.
Thapa Magar was awarded a highly respected international award from the International Women Association Award of America in 2003. She was among 10 international police women who secured the award, competing with women police officers from 110 nations.
 Outside her busy professional life, Thapa Magar has an interest in literature and writes poems and songs in her spare time. In 2004 she released \"Lagan\", a collection of modern songs.
 Thapa Magar has learned a lot about life since she joined the Nepal Police. Her profession has given her a different identity. She has visited over 28 countries during her service in the security force.
 Although it has been made mandatory for Nepal Police to include 20 percent of women in the force since 2009, Magar is not among those who enjoyed this privilege. It was pure skill and competition which drove her to her position. However, she does believe in the need for women to join the police force to help maintain societal rules and regulations.

Dharma Raj Shrestha : Ekantakuna, Lalitpur Sub Metropolitan - 13

DIGP, Parpati Thapa Magar is not only a High Level Police Officer, she is also a intellectual, brave, courageous, sincere, clean, dedicated role model women leader of Nepali society. She can play significant role and contribute a lot as a Child / Women Right Activist. I wish all the best for her successful future career.

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