The ITBP appoints its first female combat officers

The ITBP appoints its first female combat officers

The ITBP appoints its first female combat officers

  • After completing training, the India-China LAC guarding the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) unit commissioned its first two women officers in combat
  • Following a passing out parade, a total of 53 officers graduated from the ITBP officers’ training academy at Mussoorie
  • Dhami and Mr. Deswal placed the two female officers in the ranks of Assistant Commandant, the paramilitary’s entry-level officer position.

Female in combat Role:

  • The ITBP began hiring female combat officers in its cadre in 2016 after the Union Public Service Commission held an all-India test (UPSC).
  • Previously, the constabulary exclusively had combat women in its ranks.
  • Of the entire 53 officers, 42 are in the general duty combat cadre and 11 are in the engineering cadre of the mountain warfare trained force’s 90,000-strong force.
  • These officers would now be stationed across the country’s ITBP units, including the LAC with China and the anti-Naxal operations theatre in Chhattisgarh.

The following were some of the main arguments against women serving on the front lines:

  • The army’s junior commissioned officers (JCOs) and other ranks, the majority of whom are from rural India, are not yet ready to accept a woman as their commander in war.
  • Beyond the SSC, women serving on permanent commissions may face hostile settings, as well as the particular nature of responsibilities and organisational requirements.
  • The danger and anguish that comes with it, as well as the risk of becoming a prisoner of war
  • Concerns about pregnancy, the capacity to tolerate G-force, and the dread of molestation, particularly in PoW.

These justifications seem illogical and reflect a patriarchal worldview because:

  • Gender vs. rank: orders are associated with a system’s rank or position, whether it be the court, administration, legislative, or military. And it has nothing to do with the individual’s gender. India would never have had a successful female prime minister or president if this had been the case.
  • Ability vs. gender: Gender is irrelevant as long as a person is competent for a position.
  • Women officers in various corps are given tasks comparable to those of men officers without discrimination, to all available field units with men officers, throughout the 14-year short service commission tenure they presently enjoy. As a result, the permanent commission’s specific criteria stink of gender discrimination.
  • Gender and technology: Technical competence and decision-making abilities are progressively more useful than sheer power in today’s high-tech warfare.
  • Other countries, such as Canada, Israel, and New Zealand, have made women equal in the military.
  • The Delhi High Court ruled in favour of women being appointed in 2010.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP):

  • ITBP is one of India’s five Central Armed Police Forces.
  • In the aftermath of the 1962 Sino-Indian War, it was established on October 24, 1962, under the CRPF Act.
  • After Parliament passed the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force Act in 1992, it was given complete autonomy.
  • It is under the control of the Union Home Ministry.
  • Shaurya-Dridhata-Karm Nishtha (English: Valour-Steadfastness and Commitment) is the organization’s slogan.
  • ITBP is a powerful Central Armed Police Force with 90,000 soldiers.
  • It largely protects the 3,488-kilometer Indo-China border that runs across Tibet Autonomous Region from Ladakh’s Karakoram Pass to Arunachal Pradesh’s Jachep La.
  • In addition to disaster management, civil medical camps, nuclear, biological, and chemical calamities, and UN peacekeeping deployments across the world, the ITBP force is involved in a range of internal security duties.

Source: The Hindu
Syllabus: GS 1 (Society)

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