Breaking gender barriers, the Indian Army will soon have women serving in the military police. A senior officer said on Friday said that a plan has been finalised to induct approximately 800 women in military police. Apart from the initial induction, there will be a yearly intake of 52 personnel per year.

The step has been taken after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had earlier this year said that the Army wants to induct women jawans. According to Lt General Kumar, the decision to induct women in Corps of Military Police is likely to help in the probe into allegations of gender specific crimes.

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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.

As military police, women will be guarding cantonments and army establishments. They will work to ensure breach of rules and regulations by soldiers, maintain movement of soldiers as well as logistics during peace and war and the handling prisoners of war and extending aid to civil police whenever required.

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Only countries like Germany, Australia, Canada, the US, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden, and Israel have allowed women in combat roles till now.

The Army chief had said that women will have to show grit and strength in taking up challenges in the combat role to shatter the glass ceiling. He had then said that he was ready to recruit women as jawans and the matter was being discussed with the government.

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