Password protected archives ?!

Since Ark doesn’t support it, what alternative do we have?
I don’t want to install file-roller with its gtk and nautilus dependencies.

I am not sure what password protected archives you mean. Generally speaking ark has support for it.
I know only of one specific type that it does not support which are archives that let you only see their contents after entering a password. This archives are only supported by file-roller or the underlying command line tools.

I want to CREATE password protected archive (zip rar whatever).
Ark handbook doesn t mention anything about passwords.