Indian Army to open doors to women in combat roles: General Bipin Rawat

Very few countries including Germany, Australia, Canada, the US, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France , Norway, Sweden and Israel have allowed women in combat roles.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: June 5, 2017 6:53 am
army, Indian army, Women in indian Army, Bipin Rawat, Women in army recruitment, army recruitment process, indian express news, india news Army Chief General Bipin Rawa said he was ready to recruit women as jawans and the matter is being taken up with the government.

In a transformational move, the Indian Army is all set to open up combat positions for women, a gender barrier broken by only a few countries globally. Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said the process to allow women in combat role, currently an exclusive domain of men, is moving fast and initially women will be recruited for positions in 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,” he said, giving details of the move to allow women in the male-dominated positions in the Army. Currently women are allowed in a number of select areas including in medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army but combat roles are kept off limit for them due to operational concerns and logistical issues.

The Army Chief said he was ready to recruit women as jawans and the matter is being taken up with the government. “We have already started the process,” Gen Rawat told PTI in an exclusive interaction recently. He said women will have to show grit and strength in taking up challenges in combat role and shattering the glass ceiling.

Very few countries including Germany, Australia, Canada, the US, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France , Norway, Sweden and Israel have allowed women in combat roles. The roles of military police include policing the cantonments and army establishments, prevent 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.

Creating history, the Indian Air Force, last year, had inducted three women as fighter pilots, less than a year after the government decided to open the fighter stream for women on an experimental basis. A decision on having women as fighter pilots will be taken after evaluating performance of the three women — Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh who are now part of IAF’s fighter squadron.

The Indian Navy is currently deliberating on a policy on having women onboard the ships. The Navy allows women in various other segments including in legal, logistics, naval architecture and engineering departments.

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    Indian Skeptic
    Jun 5, 2017 at 11:35 pm
    Gender should never come in the way of a citizen wanting to serve her country. This should have happened long ago. Women are as good as men in combat roles, as Israel and USA have proved over the decades. My congratulations as an Indian man to Indian women.
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      Jun 5, 2017 at 6:36 am
      If a jihadi extremely radicalised muslim killed by a girl(women) he will never go to heaven. the west is already following this against isis & they successfull in that.I n d i a should also burn those jihadis dead bodies.
      1. Y
        Jun 4, 2017 at 11:15 pm
        Hey guys, don't take everything on face value. Look at this news in different angle. This is a strategy proposed by Shri Ram Madav ji for rapid implementation of AKAND BHARAT. The plan proposed by Ram Madav (from highly classified intelligent sources) is to recruit a million brahmin girls in the Air Borne division. They will be dropped inside P a k i s t a n in the night, yes all one million girls. Then we have to wait for 9 months for the Pako-Aryo babies to be born. These babies will be brought up to be loyal to Indo-Aryans. So in another 100 years Akand Bharat will be declared!!! And the head of that Air Borne division will be Aishwarya Rai who was PERSONALLY instrumental in clinching the Rafael fighter jet deal WITH Francois Hollande. And that is why Shri Modiji pimped her during Francois's visit to India.
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          Mohammad Dar
          Jun 5, 2017 at 4:41 am
          The drop date please,what a good neighbor is for, a friend in need, and make it 2 million at a time.
        2. L
          Jun 4, 2017 at 11:14 pm
          Yea because men are either deserting or making selfie videos about bad food. Next they will start recruiting hijras LOL
          1. I
            Jun 4, 2017 at 10:57 pm
            Well, you resort to recruiting women when men refuse to join army. Brave indian nation. Indian army at present I'd facing shortage of twenty thousand officers in its all the wing s , not only that they are facing 30,000 (source , Hindustan Times) shortage in jawans meaning foot soldiers ,
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              Frederick Dsouza
              Jun 4, 2017 at 10:56 pm
              Now they want to please / reward men in uniform will female in uniform. Women biological clock is tuned to giving life not take life.
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                Pagrri Sanbhaal
                Jun 4, 2017 at 10:43 pm
                Pak soldiers would love to err fight to these women soldiers.
                1. R
                  Jun 4, 2017 at 8:13 pm
                  Was the army chief sober when he said this?
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