Women to join military police first, combat positions next: Gen Rawat

Bipin Rawat

Bipin Rawat (PHOTO: Facebook)

Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday said women will be inducted into the military police before taking the discourse further on their combat positions in the force.

“First, we will start with women as military police jawans, will take next step after success,” General Rawat said while attending a Passing out Parade (PoP) ceremony in Dehradun.

“Because many times, when people go to the operation, we have to face the people and many a times ladies come in front of us,” he said.

At present, women are allowed only in a few selected areas such as medical, legal, educational and engineering wings of the Indian Army but combat roles are kept off limit for them due to operational concerns and logistical issues.

According to reports, India will be joining countries like Germany, Australia, Canada, the United States, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden and Israel that have already allowed women in combat roles in their army.

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.

According to reports, General Rawat had on 8 June said that the situation in Kashmir would be normal soon.