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BSF to induct 1,000 women in combat duties by July-end

Setting a milestone, the Border Security Force will induct about 1,000 women personnel for combat duties for the first time by the end of this month.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2009 13:13 IST

Setting a milestone, the Border Security Force will induct about 1,000 women personnel for combat duties for the first time by the end of this month.

The women, who are currently undergoing training at the BSF establishment in Khatka, Punjab, will participate in the passing out parade on July 29, which will be attended by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.

"It would be a proud day for us when women will work shoulder-to-shoulder with men," BSF Director General M L Kumawat told PTI.

These personnel have been imparted training in weapon handling, intelligence, border management, sports, unarmed combat frisking and guard duties.

The women, along with their male counterparts, will carry out search and frisking at check posts, immigration points and trade routes along the borders which the force guards.

"The women component is essentially needed for the force as our duty of guarding borders involves frisking women travellers besides other relevant duties," Kumawat said. The first batch will be deployed in Punjab sector.