You can call it the “Wonder Woman” effect! The Indian Army’s Chief General, Bipin Rawat announced that he is ready to recruit women to fill in the shoes of jawans. This means that women will now be seen in active combat roles along the borders. The role has so far been an exclusive boys club. Gen. Rawat said “I am looking at women coming as jawans. I am going to start it soon. Firstly, we will start with women as military police jawans.”
For some, this news may not be much of a surprise. Last October, the Indian Air Force greenlit a plan to enlist women pilots. Three women were inducted as fighter pilots and are currently in training. These women – Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh – will soon be part of IAF’s fighter squadron. The Indian Navy is also having talks on recruiting women to take control of their ships and submarines.
In the current scenario, women can enlist in the Army and Navy but are allowed to serve in purely non-combat fields such as medical, legal, logistics and engineering. A vast majority of countries restrict women from serving in combat. With Gen. Rawat’s announcement, India will join Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Sweden and USA, as the only countries in the world that allow women to serve in combat roles.