Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) recently deployed at least 100 women personnel on 15 border posts along the Sino-India frontier.
This would be for the first time that such posting of ‘mahila’ combatants has been issued in the forward areas.
This all women’s force recently completed their full processes for deployment at select forward posts according to ITBP Director General Krishna Chaudhary who added that these women have been trained in the art of warcraft and weapon firing.
These women were posted at these forward areas after the Border out Posts (BoPs) were made “gender neutral” in recent years.
Further to accommodate these women personnel, BoPs have also created additional facilities to for these women personnel.
DG Chaudhary also disclosed that that maximum number of these women have been sent to Indo-Tibetan Border Police BoPs in the Ladakh, while few others have been posted at other locations such as Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
At present, the total numbers of the women personnel who have been deployed at BoPs, is about 100, though numbers are expected to rise in coming days as few more BoPs will soon get women personnel.
Earlier this year, around 500 women troops were commissioned for deployment at India-China border for its constabulary rank training.
These training had lasted for about 44-weeks in which they also learned battle-craft and mountain survival.
We must point out that the posts where these women personnel have been deployed are situated at heights of between 8,000 and 14,000 feet, which also includes ‘Mana pass’ border post, which is the last village on the Indian side in Uttarakhand.
The force in the future plans to have women personnel make up at least 40 percent of its strength at these forward posts.
This is for the first time that India has deployed women troops at the border area which is considered most arduous and tricky given the harsh climatic conditions.
At present ITBP has a total of 1,661 women personnel posted at various ranks. Majority of these women (1,033) though are of constabulary ranks.