Pune, Feb.10 : Two sisters deputed at a police station in Pune are a cynosure of everyone's eyes. For, not just they share the same rank and profile at a common work place, but they have almost identical appearance too.
Rohini Sonar and Mohini Sonar were born as twins. Both the sisters are working as sub inspectors with the Maharashtra Police in Pune at the Bund Garden Police Station.
Born to Vijay and Alka Sonar on May 3, 1985, both the sisters competed for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission examinations in 2003 and were selected for the police.
At workplace, their identical looks often confuse not just the visitors but also their colleagues at the police station. Due to their similar looks, they are called in lighter vein "Sita aur Gita", the main characters of a popular movie (1972) with the same name as title that featured Bollywood actor Hema Malini in twin sisters' role.
Both--Rohini and Mohini-- remember how their similar identities often caused confusion and problems, especially in childhood.
"People often do not recognise us. They end up messing up with our names. There were times when one was punished for other's mistakes and vice versa. However, people have always wished us luck and prayed for both of us equally," says Mohini Sonar.
The duo was motivated to join police force taking inspiration from their father.
"Since our father was in the police, we had an inclination towards this profession and to be a part of this once we grow up. We prepared for the examinations for police recruitment and were selected," Rohini Sonar, the other sister.
Both the twin sisters are happy to be in police but wish to see more women occupying Indian Police Services (IPS). For, they believe, it is only the women officers who can efficiently manage women-related issues or cases.
"Girls should come up and join the police force. There might be some misconceptions regarding police but at the end of the day, it's finally going to help them. Having more women in the police is also good for the society, as they can best relate to the women- related problems and solve them," added Rohini Sonar, who is preparing for higher positions in the police force. Some of the senior colleagues of Mohini and Rohini opine that the twin sisters have a bright future.
"Both of them have been working really well. Both of them come from Nagpur and are intelligent. They have been working very hard and good at whatever they do," said Mahendra Singh Pardeshi, Police Inspector, Bund Garden Police Station, Pune. By Shivaji