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Army finalises proposal to induct 800 women in military police

In June, Army chief general Bipin Rawat had said the process to allow women in combat roles was moving fast and initially women will be inducted into military police.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2017 15:31 IST
Indian army soldiers stand guard inside their army base after it was attacked by suspected separatist militants in Panzgam in Kashmir's Kupwara district, April 27. Men have traditionally dominated combat roles in the army, with only a handful of countries worldwide opening these positions to women.
Indian army soldiers stand guard inside their army base after it was attacked by suspected separatist militants in Panzgam in Kashmir's Kupwara district, April 27. Men have traditionally dominated combat roles in the army, with only a handful of countries worldwide opening these positions to women.(REUTERS)

The Army has finalised a plan to induct women in the military police, a senior officer said on Friday.

The plan -- being seen as a major step towards breaking gender barriers in the force -- is to induct approximately 800 women in military police with a yearly intake of 52 personnel per year, Adjuntant General of the Army Lt. Gen. Ashwani Kumar told reporters.

In an interview to PTI in June, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat had said the Army was looking at inducting women jawans and the process would start with the induction of women into military police corps.

Lt. Gen. Kumar said the decision to induct women in Corps of Military Police would help in investigating allegations of gender specific crimes.

Currently, women are allowed in select areas such as medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army.

The role of the military police includes policing cantonments and army establishments, preventing 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. PTI PR MPB MIN