NOW, women guard China border
New Delhi: All women contingent of Indian Army during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan (PTI1_17_2015_000113B)
In a first, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) has started an initiative
by which they would deploy women constable to keep a check on the very rugged
China-Indian border present in Ladakh.
“More than 150 women constables have been deployed to Leh by end of MAY.
They will be located at the battalion headquarters present in Leh and will
be patrolling the border outposts (BOPs) in groups of 15-20 on a rotation term,”
an ITBP officer said.
The ITBP guards the border with China in five states that are J&K, Himachal,
Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, also having posts which are located
at an altitude up to 18000 feet in areas which are very remote and are snow-bound
areas through out the year. There BOPs have been identified where will these women
constables have to be deployed. Modalities such as having women officers and women
doctors to cater to the needs of women personnel in forward areas along with requisite
administrative and logistic facilities have also been factored in their deployment.
“Since the women constables have been got into the wings of the ITBP, it is a very
wise step that they undertake the fundamental responsibility that is the force which
is meant for, rather than being located on merely administrative or clerical duties in
headquarters or rear echelons,” the officer said.