In a historic moment in the 181-year-old history of the Assam Rifles, one hundred women soldiers were welcomed into the force during the passing out parade at the Assam Rifles Training Centre and School in Shokhuvi.
These women soldiers their year-long training along with 112 male soldiers. They were inducted in the presence of Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju.
The women will be attached to various units of the 181-year-old paramilitary force.
“I am so proud that our nation is moving forward in accepting the fact that women can do the same job that men can do,” said Major Joshi, the officer in-charge of the first batch of women recruits.
These women soldiers will serve for searching, frisking, and interrogating women, handling female mobs/agitators, be part of mobile check posts, relief and rescue teams during communal clashes and natural calamities, etc.
Stating that North East is a “strategic” area and its security is of paramount importance, he said the Assam Rifles are playing a “stellar” role in this regard, Rijiju said.
According to Assam Rifles public relations officer Lt Col Rahul Josan, they will also help project a “clean image” of the force and help avoid violation of human rights.
He said the move is certainly a noble endeavour by the Assam Rifles towards women’s empowerment.