Good News: Now Women Can Apply For Indian Military Police
There was a time when women were not allowed in the Indian Army. Then in 1992, the gates were opened for women to join the Indian Army as Officers, but only for the Short Service Commission (SSC).
They were dismissed after 14 years of service, without medical or pension benefits. Only women in Medical and Law Wings were allowed permanent commission. In March 2019, women were allowed permanent commission in 10 branches of the Indian Armed Forces. Currently, women are allowed in select areas such as medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army.
Women In Military Police
Now the Indian Army plans to induct women as soldiers in the Military Police. Women will be inducted in a graded manner to eventually comprise 20 per cent of the total Corps of Military Police. Their role would range from probing crime cases to assisting the Army in field operations wherever required. The Indian Army has planned to induct 52 personnel per year for the same post, till a total of 800 women are inducted.
Opening up a new avenue for females, the Indian Army kicked off the process of inducting women as jawans. Online registration has already started for the recruitment of women as jawans and the last date for it is June 8.
Apply Now To Appear For The Rally
Click here to apply online for Indian Military police.
As mentioned in the notification applications are invited from eligible female candidates for recruitment of 100 Soldier General Duty (Women Military Police) in the Indian Army. Online registration is mandatory and is open from 25 Apr 2019 to 08 Jun 2019. Admit Cards for the rally will be sent through registered e-mail. Candidates should reach the venue on a given date and time as mentioned in the Admit Card.
Recruitment rallies are planned to be conducted at Ambala, Lucknow, Jabalpur, Bangalore and Shillong. Candidates will be allotted venue based on their home districts. Final location and date of the recruitment rally will be given on the admit card. Venues listed above may undergo a change.
Benefits Given To Women In Indian Military Police
This time the Indian Army is offering following benefits to these brave women soldiers:
- Travelling Allowance during the training period.
- Attestation in the rank of sepoy after training.
- Promotion vacancies for Women MP would be as per pro rata ratio with male MP.
- Women Police will be entitled to Pension. Eligible for pension after completion of 15 years of service with colours.
A Welcome Change In The System
The project was first mooted by Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat soon after he took charge of the force," Army officials said. Last year, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat had said the process to allow women in a combat role, currently, an exclusive domain of men was moving fast and initially, women will be recruited for positions in Military Police.
The decks for the induction were cleared in January this year after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the government has taken a "historic" decision to induct women in the military police with an aim to enhance their representation in the three services.
This is being seen as a major breakthrough for women in armed forces as so far, they were being inducted only as officers and this is the first time they would be taken in as soldiers. We have indeed come a long way. Us millennials have literally seen the job growth of women in the Indian Armed Forces. Maybe soon we will see women in combat roles as well.
Roles Of Women In Military Police
Until now, women were inducted in medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings, and as officers only. Now that women will be inducted in the Corps of Military Police, they would help in investigating allegations of gender-specific crimes, such as rape and molestation.
Women are believed to have better soft skills than men. It will be easier for a victim to open up to a female cop as compared to her male counterpart, thus making investigation easier and in return, enhancing the speed of providing justice.
Her other duties will include “policing cantonments and army establishments, preventing a 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.”
Importance Of The Revolutionary Step
As per government data, the Army has 3.80 per cent of its workforce as women, the Air Force has 13.09 per cent and the Navy 6 per cent. Such acts break the age-old stereotypes that hamper women empowerment. When women become a part of the Army, it acts as a great demonstration effect for other women to rise from centuries of exploitation.
It encourages women to take up professions, traditionally thought to belong with men. Thus, it helps in breaking gender norms, for good. It will also enhance gender representation in the Army. Women will now be more than just a cadre that could be flaunted during the Republic Day Parade. She will be an integral part of the Indian Army.
Military Police personnel have been part of UN mission contingents in Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone, the Indian Army says.
Permanent Commission Of Women Officers In Indian Army
Defence Ministry has already announced that women officers recruited into the armed forces under the Short Service Commission will now have the option of taking up Permanent Commission in the Indian Armed Forces.
In his Independence Day speech last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that women officers recruited into the armed forces under the Short Service Commission will have the option of taking up Permanent Commission. He had described it as a "gift" to the country's "brave daughters".