For the first time in the history of Indian Army, women soldiers on combat duty were deployed at Kashmir and LoC. Their duty is at the Line of Control with Pakistan, They will guard at the checkpoints and will handle crowd control and security, along with the other male soldiers deployed at the LoC. The women soldiers belong to Assam Rifles, who now created history. Indian army usually never deploys women soldiers there, keeping in view the possible risks and threats for women. But change has started in the Navy, Airforce and Army over the years and now it’s turn for changes at Loc.
The Assam Rifles took this news to twitter and welcomed the change saying, “Women soldiers of #AssamRifles deployed for the first time in Kashmir make a positive impact on the local populace in a matter of days. Smiling faces of locals is a testimony of professionalism of the Riflewomen of Assam Rifles.”
Captain Gursimran Kaur, a third-generation military officer from Army Service Corps (ASC) will lead the women soldiers. Around 30 women soldiers will take on the duty at the LoC.
Assam Rifles being one of the oldest paramilitary forces of India was only for male soldiers until 2015. But during 2016, a total of 100 womens soldiers were selected and trained. These women soldiers served the country from then and there is no looking back. The change even reached the Corps of Military Police (CMP), last year 50 women were recruited by the Army and were currently undergoing training. A formal government sanction was issued by “The Ministry of Defence”, for setting up permanent commision for all the Indian Army women officers.
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