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Women Jawans To Be Inducted In Army To Tackle Terrorists Hiding Under Burkas

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| May 7 , 2018 , 09:51 IST

Although the security forces are securing considerable victories against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army is considering to bring in women jawans in a combat support role who can inspect terrorists hiding under burkas.

Due to cultural ramifications, male officers cannot remove burkas which are worn by women in some Islamic traditions, at times covering up their entire appearances.

The women jawans can there be used to inspect suspicious persons donning a burka, senior Army sources were quoted by Mail Today as saying. The women jawans would also be used to frisk females who might be carrying weapons or other equipment for terrorists in the valley.

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Apart from militancy, women jawans would also be useful in tackling women protesters that participate in stone pelting or in protecting terrorists during operations. The requirement of women in the Army was long felt as there are operations where women have to be dealt with and male jawans cannot be employed.

Currently, the security forces and the Army rely on either the local women police or the CRPF to send their troops from their women battalions which causes a considerable delay in the operations.

According to reports, the proposal for inducting women into the military police has been progressing since last year. The armed forces are also identifying problems that the women might face when brought in combat roles.

Globally, very few countries have allowed women in combat roles, such as Germany, Australia, Canada, the US, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden, and Israel. In India, women are allowed in combat roles in all wings of the Armed Forces, except for the Indian Army where they are in a support role.