Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the government in a “historic” decision decided to induct women in the military police.
Sitharaman in May last year had said that the Narendra Modi government was working “seriously” to have women in combat uniforms.
“To improve representation of women in our armed forces Smt@nsitharaman takes a historic decision to induct women for the first time in PBOR (Personnel Below Officer Rank) role in Corps of Military Police.
The women will be inducted in graded manner to eventually comprise 20% of total Corps of Military Police,” official handle of the Defence Minister tweeted.
Regarding the role of women in their new posting, it was clarified that the women would be deployed as investigating officers to probe cases of rape, molestation and thefts.
The women officers would be deployed in military operations of nature where Army needs assistance from police organisations. They would assist civil police/administration for evacuation in forward villages during hostilities as well as crowd control of refugees compromising women and children.
These women officer would also be given role in searching/frisking of women during cordon and search operations/check posts; ceremonial and policing duties like maintaining military discipline; and manning the prisoner of war camps.
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Women in combat roles in the armed forces has been a long pending demand.