A day after Nirmala Sitharaman took over as India’s first full-time woman defence minister, the Indian Army (IA) announced that it is fast-tracking the recruitment of women soldiers into the service, beginning with their induction into the Corps of Military Police (CMP).
The IA’s Adjutant-General, Lieutenant General Ashwani Kumar, told a gathering of former IA chiefs on 8 September in New Delhi that the service will induct 800 women into the CMP, with an annual intake of 52 recruits.
He did not provide any details about the schedule for the recruitment plan, stating only that the decision had partly been taken “in the light of increasing requirement for investigations into gender-specific crimes and allegations”.
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