Fixing female participation in the armed forces

Women have largely been kept out of combat roles in India. The Indian Army, though, has slowly begun inducting them. In 2020, the paramilitary Assam Rifles have posted women along India’s contentious Line of Control with Pakistan.

Female Indian Air Force pilots, too, have been growing in number—there were 16 of them till this February.

Last year, India’s Supreme Court allowed women permanent commission in the Indian Army. Female officers had gone to court seeking lifelong careers in the armed forces, along with benefits similar to those of male staff.

Agnipath is set to recruit 46,000 people annually and could potentially pave the way for more women. But if the male-dominated protests are anything to go by, it could be a while before there is equitable representation in the armed forces.

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