Role Of Women In Indian Armed Forces
The commissioning of women to the Indian armed forces has been a topic of debate since decades. Women are no longer limited to the houses like ancient times but today we can see that they are fit to serve in the Indian defence forces as well. We have a good example of the all women crew of INSV Tarini that spent 199 days circumventing the globe.
Currently, Indian Air Force has approximately 13.09%, Indian Navy 6% and Indian Army 3,80% women serving the nation. Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat also said, “I am looking at women coming as jawans. I am going to start it soon. Firstly, we will start with women as military police jawans.” Women are active in the respective departments of the forces:
ARMY: EME, Signals, Engineers, Army Education Corps, Army Ordnance Corps, Army Service Corps, Intelligence and Judge Advocate General’s branch.
NAVY: All branches of the Navy (except submariners and divers).
AIR FORCE: Flying (transport aircraft and helicopters), Technical and Administration branches.
COAST GUARD: All branches of the Coast Guard.
The countries like Israel, Turkey, France, Germany, Australia have women serving in the Army. This is because in such countries, there was a bad need as these countries are surrounded by enemies. But if we look at the other side of the coin, then being part of a democratic country women also have the right to serve the nation if they want to and are fit for.
The role of women in the Indian army began during the formation of the "Indian Military Nursing Service" in the British Raj. And the british indian army nurses also fought in the world war first and world war second also. As women are important in many spheres of life, they are also ready to serve their mother country as well.