NEW DELHI: Women are set to debut in the Indian Army’s Corps of Military Police with the army issuing a call for recruits in newspaper advertisements today.
This is the first such call for women to join the Corps of Military Police. The move follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech last year in which he had said women officers recruited into the armed forces under the Short Service Commission would be given the option of taking up permanent commission. Modi had described the move as a "gift" to India’s "brave daughters".
The application window for recruitment of "soldier general duty (Women Military Police)" will close on 8 June, the advertisement says.
The Corps of Military Police is responsible for preserving "good order and discipline and to prevent breaches of the same by persons serving in or attached to the regular Army", according to the Indian Army website.
The responsibilities of those appointed in the Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBOR) include investigation of offences such as rape, molestation and theft; military operations where the Army needs police assistance; assistance in evacuation of villages during cross-border hostilities; crowd control of refugees comprising women and children; frisking of women during cordon-and-search operations (mostly in Jammu and Kashmir); and ceremonial as well as policing duties. Besides this, PBOR personnel also run prisoner-of-war camps in conflict situations.
Military Police personnel have also been part of UN mission contingents in Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone with Indian women personnel serving as part of the Indian peace keeping mission in Congo.