Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP) has deployed 100 women personnel at 15 border posts along Sino-India frontier.
The force has recently completed the full processes for deployment of the women personnel at select forward posts, ITBP Director General Krishna Chaudhary was quoted as saying by Indian Express Monday.
The women contingent, trained in war craft and weapon firing, have been posted after the Border out Posts (BoPs) were made “gender neutral” and other facilities were created for them, he said.
The maximum of these women have been sent to Indo-Tibetan Border Police BoPs in the Ladakh frontier of Jammu and Kashmir and few others have been posted at other locations in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
The total numbers of the women personnel, who have been posted at BoPs, is about 100. However, few more BoPs will have women personnel in the upcoming days.
Earlier this year, the force commissioned 500 women troops for deployment at India-China border in its constabulary ranks after training them for 44-weeks in in battle craft and mountain survival.
The posts where these women have been deployed are situated at heights of between 8,000 and 14,000 feet, including the ‘Mana pass’ border post, the last village on the Indian side in Uttarakhand.
The force plans to have women personnel make up at least 40 per cent of its strength at these forward posts.
This is the first time India has deployed women troops right at the front, which hasthe harsh climatic conditions and extreme mountainous terrain along the India-China border.
These women, who were recruited in the force in February, last year, hail from various states. However 97 of the women come from Uttarakhand hill state.
ITBP was raised in the aftermath of the 1962 Chinese aggression.