The government has taken a number of measures to strengthen the role of women in the security system in general and in the armed forces in particular, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said Thursday.
Delivering the keynote address at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) webinar on “The Role of Women in the Armed Forces” from Delhi, Singh said: “Women serve with pride in the military nursing service. Indians for over 100 years now. The Indian army began to commission female officers in 1992.
“He has now moved on to integrating female officers into most branches of the military. Women are now accepted for a standing commission and will command army units and battalions in the near future, ”he added.
The webinar was hosted by HQ, Integrated Defense Staff of the Ministry of Defense.
Noting that the integration of women into the military police began last year, Singh said that from next year women will be able to join the first three-service training institute, the National Defense Academy. He wished to see female officers from SCO countries at the Chennai Officer Training Academy, he added.
Singh said women have been inducted into both support and combat roles – in the Indian Navy they fly maritime reconnaissance planes and since last year have been stationed aboard warships.
Likewise, the Indian Coast Guard employs female officers in combat roles, including pilots, observers, and aviation support services.
In the Indian Air Force, women fly helicopters and fighters and constitute a significant percentage of the officer workforce. Women from the Indian armed forces also participate regularly in UN peacekeeping missions.
He said the government’s approach to integrating women into the armed forces was progressive. “We have taken the evolutionary path of moving from support to combat support and subsequently to combat arms within the armed forces,” he added.
Emphasizing that the concept of security is undergoing a paradigm shift, Singh said that the changing nature of war brings threats from our borders within our society. “Terrorism is only the most obvious and evil manifestation of this reality. It has been used as a weapon of choice by non-state actors and irresponsible states in the pursuit of their political goals. The SCO, as an organization, unequivocally rejected terrorism in all its manifestations and in all its forms, ”he added and stressed that“ this fight cannot be won by half of the population. population. Women too will remain equal contributors to this fight, both within the armed forces and beyond. “
Singh said women have a proven track record in all areas. “Many barriers have been broken and many more imaginary barriers are expected to be broken in the years to come. “
The Minister of Defense praised the courageous women of all SCO nations who have selflessly served their nations, working in conflict mitigation, development projects and promoting the cause of peace and prosperity. Urging the SCO countries to ensure regional stability, promote peace, guarantee gender equality and work for the betterment of the whole region, Singh said, “We look forward to much more participation. greater role and greater role of women in various tasks of the armed forces. “
Emphasizing that Indian customs and traditions revered women as caregivers and protectors, Singh said, “If Saraswati is our goddess of knowledge, wisdom and learning, Mother Durga remains associated with protection, force, destruction and war. In fact, we are celebrating Vijay Dashami, the day the goddess Durga defeated and slain the demon Mahishasura, across the subcontinent.
He also recalled that women have taken up arms to protect the country throughout history: “Rani Laxmibai is among the most revered and respected among them. She fought against the imposition of unjust foreign domination until her last breath, leading her men to the front lines. “
He also said that the former prime minister, the late Indira Gandhi, not only ruled the country for a number of years, but also did so in times of war.