For the first time in history, the Indian Army deployed women soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir. Women soldiers have been deployed in areas like Tangdhar, Uri, Keran, where they can body-check women on suspicion. Besides frisking, the women soldiers will be assigned duties like security duties, sentry, manning check posts and guarding various posts.

“Army moved in two sections of female soldiers of the Assam Rifles in the month of May. The deployment is at two different locations with a section each at one place,” the New Indian Express quoted an Army officer confirming the news.

The officer said the section is of 10 soldiers and will be led by a female Army officer.

“Army had a long standing demand of the female soldiers for security duties where gender sensitivities are involved.” the officer added.

In January, the Indian Army recruited the first batch of 99 women soldiers and asked them to undergo basic military training and advanced provost training for 61 weeks.

In another positive step for women, the Defence Ministry recently sanctioned the process to grant Permanent Commission to eligible women officers in the Indian Army.

August 31 is the last date of application for grant of Permanent Commission (PC) to women officers recruited under Women Special Entry Scheme (WSES) and Short Service Commission (SSC).