Newspatrolling: The Indian Army said today that it has finalized a plan that would allow women to work in the military police. The move is in line with government’s efforts to provide more work opportunities to women in the armed forces. The plan to induct women in military police is being considered a major step towards the goal of breaking gender restrictions in the armed forces. As per the initial plan, a total of around 800 women will be inducted to work in military police. Adjutant General of the Army Lt. Gen. Ashwani Kumar said that the yearly intake would be 52 women personnel. It may be recalled that earlier, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat had also talked about inducting women in the armed forces. He had said that the process would start with women getting opportunities to work in military police. This would set the stage for inducting women in the Indian Army.
As of now, women do get opportunities to work in the Army, but these jobs are limited to areas such as medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army. Women who get inducted in military police will be required to shoulder various responsibilities such as patrolling cantonments and army establishments, preventing breach of rules and regulations by soldiers, maintaining movement of soldiers as well as logistics during peace and war, handling prisoners of war and extending aid to civil police whenever required.