Till now, women were allowed in select areas such as medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army. (Photo: joinindianarmy.nic.in)
In a first, the Indian Army will start online registration of women for recruitment as soldiers into the military police. The online process will start on Thursday. The project, that was mooted by General Bipin Rawat soon after taking over as Army Chief, was given the final approval by the Defence Ministry recently.
It was reported in January that women would be inducted in a graded manner to eventually comprise 20 per cent of total Corps of Military Police. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had then said that the government had taken a "historic" decision to induct women in the military police with an aim to enhance their representation in the armed forces.
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Last year, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said the process to allow women in combat role, currently an exclusive domain of men, was moving fast and initially women will be recruited for positions in military police.
Accordingly, the Army chalked out induction of approximately 800 women in military police with a yearly intake of 52 personnel per year.
Till now, women were allowed in select areas such as medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army.
The role of the military police includes policing cantonments and Army establishments, preventing breach of rules and regulations by soldiers, maintaining movement of soldiers as well as logistics during peace and war, handling prisoners of war and extending aid to civil police whenever required.