Need women in Army to face common people during operations: General Bipin Rawat

"We need women in rank and file where there are usually jawans and sardar sahebaan. We have to often face the common people during operations and that is when women come face to face with us," he said.

New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2017 11:06 am
general bipin rawat, bipin rawat, women in indian army Rawat was at the Passing Out Parade of newly recruited jawans at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun and was speaking to reporters after that.

Speaking on the decision to include women in combat, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Saturday the jawans and sardar sahebaan are in rank and file and the Army needs women in these ranks as they often encounter women during operations. “We need women in rank and file where there are usually jawans and sardar sahebaan. We have to often face the common people during operations and that is when women come face to face with us,” he said. Rawat was speaking to reporters after attending the Passing Out Parade at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun.

He further said women will be first inducted in the military police and then taken for the next step. “First, we will start with women as military police jawans. We will take next steps after success there,” Rawat said. Last week, Bipin Rawat had announced that women would soon be a part of the combat role in the Indian Army, currently the exclusive domain of men.

Rawat further said that the youth of Kashmir was being instigated by social media and the misinformation spread on it. “Youth in Kashmir is being instigated by a misinformation campaign on social media,” he said, adding, “If we have modern technology, it should be used the right way. This way, the people will also not be troubled and we will also be capable.”

Last week, the Army Chief had 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. Last year, in a major step forward, Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh became the first women fighter pilots to be formally commissioned by the Indian Air Force.

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    Mohammad Dar
    Jun 11, 2017 at 2:08 am
    BS of a hindu hijra, he is too hindu scared to stand in front of a gun of Muslims, seeking some one to be in between, the gun and the himself, a hindu poor Dasi, salve, rendered worthless by th hindu immoral manifesto of hinduism, immorality, practiced by the hijras of hinduism racism by faith, in human form. called india.
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      HUP
      Jun 10, 2017 at 10:05 pm
      Hope there is 100 percent reservation for brahmin girls in all top positions. These girls can double a HONEY TRAPPERS. Brahmin MAMAs are everywhere. That would form a great team for them and will also help them utilize their skills as World's Oldest Professionals.
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        Very.possible
        Jun 10, 2017 at 10:00 pm
        This is a very intelligent excellent idea by our SENIOR BRAHMINS IN SOUTH BLOCK AND THE ARMY.THERE HAVE BEEN LOT OF COMPLAINTS THAT ARMY MEN ARE RAPING CIVILIAN WOMEN INSIDE INDIA AND WHEN EVER THEY ARE ON UN PRACE KEEPING(IPKF) DUTY. THIS RECRUITMENT OF WOMEN IN ARMY WILL STOP THIS RAPING BY INDIAN ARMY. NOW ARMY MEN WILL VENT THEIR SEKSUAL PERVERSION BY RAPING INDIAN ARMY WOMEN!!!!
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          Rajesh
          Jun 10, 2017 at 8:07 pm
          Job of army is to face external enemy, not common people of the country.
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            kempu
            Jun 10, 2017 at 9:34 pm
            But he is order-ing his "boys" to fire into the crowds !
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            DC
            Jun 10, 2017 at 7:44 pm
            Women? Cows would be a better option.
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              kempu
              Jun 10, 2017 at 9:36 pm
              You said it !
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              gandhigiri
              Jun 10, 2017 at 5:42 pm
              gujarati aadmi g andus hai isliye ab hame aurton ko army mein lena hai..... stop cow politics and other and Treat muslims fairly they are loyal they will enlist,
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                samir
                Jun 10, 2017 at 5:22 pm
                Now the political general and army is trying to hide behind women to save the faces.
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                  theodore balthazar
                  Jun 10, 2017 at 4:59 pm
                  Why is he taking to the press so much?
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                    Punekar
                    Jun 10, 2017 at 7:49 pm
                    He will be OK as long as he speaks in tune with the script of his political masters.
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