The defence ministry today chose to recruit women to the army as jawans for the first time, with several officials praising it as a "progressive step".
A day after Nirmala Sitharaman took over as the country's first full-time female defence minister, the army on Friday announced that it is giving finishing touches to a proposal for inducting women into the military police. General Ashwani Kumar said that a need for inclusion of women personnel was felt because of investigation of the cases dealing with gender-based allegations and crime.
The Indian Army has announced after finalizing inducting of 800 in the military police, with a yearly intake of 52.
He said the Army had established two artificial reproductive technique centres for the benefit of childless couples in the force.
The role of military police includes patrolling army establishments, maintaining movement of soldiers, maintaining rules and regulations by soldiers as well as logistics during peace and war.
According to reliable sources, the training for the women who would join the Corps of Military Police will be of 62 weeks, same as the male soldiers.
The process of induction is likely to start next year. She had recently said that she will look into the matter with an open mind.
While women are allowed in select areas such as medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army, they are not inducted as jawans or in Military Police as yet.
The 1.3 million-strong armed forces have 59,400 officers. We don't about you, but this definitely seems like a huge step towards breaking the gender barrier in the armed forces.