Now ‘Mardaani’ on Battlefield as Indian Army set to allow Women in ‘Combat Roles’
Source :News Bharati English   Date :07-Jun-2017

Fierce examples set in the History of India- Rani Lakshmi Bai, Jhaansi ki Raani, Savitribai Phule and much more – were ‘Women’. Courage was the epitome they wore and fought for the welfare of Nation. Today in this 21st Century, women have achieved more and for them even now Sky is the limit! Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said: “Indian Army to shatter the glass ceiling and allow women in combat roles”.

Showing trust and confidence in the capability of women power, Gen Rawat also appreciated the courage women show and ability to tackle roughly as men do. Indian Army Chief Rawat has announced that - the Indian Army will be opening up combat positions for women. Breaking all the barriers, India set to join other nations where women too fight for the nation holding guns, operating heavy ammunitions fiercely.

General Rawat said the process to allow women in combat roles, currently restricted to men, is ongoing and initially, women will be recruited for positions in the military police. “I am looking at women coming as Jawans. I am going to start it soon. Firstly, we will start with women as military police jawans,” Gen. Rawat said. Currently, women are being recruited into select areas such as medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army. Combat roles have so far been kept off limit for them due to operational concerns and logistical issues.


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Army Chief said he was ready to recruit women as Jawans and the matter is being taken up by the government. “We have already started the process,” Gen Rawat. He exhorted women to show grit and strength in taking up challenges in combat roles and contribute to shattering the glass ceiling.

India will be joining the league of countries like Germany, Australia, Canada, the US, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden and Israel that have allowed women in combat roles.

The roles of military police include policing the cantonments and army establishments, prevent the breach of rules and regulations by soldiers, maintaining movement of soldiers as well as logistics during peace and war, handling prisoners of war and extending aid to civil police whenever required. 

Last year, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had created history by inducting three women as fighter pilots, soon after the government decided to open the fighter stream to women on an experimental basis. A decision on recruiting more women as fighter pilots will be taken after evaluating the performance of Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh, who are now part of IAF’s fighter squadron.

India’s first female combat aircraft pilots are likely to fly the supersonic Sukhoi-30 jets after they complete the last leg of their training in September, said Indian Air Force. The three women are currently training on British Hawk advanced jet trainers at an IAF facility at Kalaikunda in West Bengal. Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi were commissioned as flying officers in the IAF last June.

“There are varied options but we are working on plans to assign the women fighter pilots to fly Su-30 fighter planes initially. It’s a new generation, twin-seater aircraft,” a senior officer familiar with the plan said.

Former IAF chief Arup Raha, during whose tenure the fighter stream was thrown open to women, endorsed the plan to let the women begin with flying Su-30 fighter jets. “I would prefer that the women go to a Su-30 squadron. It’s one of the most modern fighters in the IAF fleet and we also have the jets in large numbers. It’s a frontline plane and the women will learn to handle the systems faster,” Air Chief Marshal Raha (retd).