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Women in the combat roles

  • Indian Army is all set to open up combat positions for women. India will be among very few countries to do so.
  • Initially women will be recruited for positions in military police.
  • Until now, women were allowed in a number of select areas including in medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army but combat roles are off limits for them.
  • Only countries such as Germany, Australia, Canada, the U.S., Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden and Israel have allowed women in combat roles.

The roles of military police include:-

  • Policing the cantonments and Army establishments,
  • Prevent 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 the civil police whenever required.
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