India’s First Woman Defense Minister Plans To Overcome Gender Inequality In Army

In a historic decision aimed at overcoming gender inequality in the armed forces, India’s first woman defense minister has approved a plan to induct 800 women combatants in the Indian Army. Sources told Sputnik that the newly appointed defense minister, who is also India’s first woman to independently handle the position, approved the plan that was pending since long, the same day it was laid before her.

“A decision has been taken to introduce women in ranks starting from Corps of Military Police. With the increasing need for investigation against gender specific allegations and crime, a necessity was felt to introduce women in Corps of Military Police,” a defense ministry official informed on Friday after the decision.

Earlier in June this year, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had hinted that the Indian armed forces would soon be getting women soldiers and that the process would start with the induction of women into the military police corps. Read More…

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