Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar with three female fighter pilots defencetalk
Reiterating the government’s commitment to break the gender barrier in the armed forces, he called for stationing of women on warships besides opening the doors of the National Defence Academy and Sainik schools for them.
Recently, the Indian Air Force (IAF) recruited its first female fighter pilots, paving the way for more women to be given combat roles. Flying Officers Mohana Singh, Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvedi were recently commissioned into the IAF at a graduation ceremony in Hyderabad.
At the moment, a very small number of women (60,000) constitute the 13-lakh strong armed forces. There are just 1,436 women officers in Army, 1,331 in IAF and 532 in Navy.