The Indian Army is set to begin training its first 100 women soldiers from December this year in Bengaluru, a government press release said. The selected candidates are from among thousands of volunteers and will have a 61-week training regimen similar to male soldiers.
The development comes after a January decision by the then Defence Minister N Sitaraman to allow for recruitment of women to the Military Police wing of the Army. Women are to be progressively recruited to the Military Police till they make 20 per cent of the corps.
While women serve in areas such as medical, engineering, legal arms of the Army, General Bipin Rawat had said that the development will help induct women into combat roles, currently exclusive to men.
As part of the Military Police, the women soldiers will help maintain law and order at Army establishments, help maintain logistics and supplies during war and peace, policing prisoners of war and help checking breach of rules and regulations by soldiers. A 1700-strong cadre is to be developed with yearly inductions.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.