There has been a lot of recent debate about the position of women in workplace and companies are trying their best to ensure equality in offices. But let us step out of the offices and see what the scenario is as far as our Armed Forces are concerned.
Total Number of women recruited in the Indian Armed Forces:
If you are wondering what to make of the above given numbers, let us see how those numbers add up.
The total of the above number comes up to a little over 3578. The strength of the Indian Armed Forces is almost 13 lakh personnel which means women constitute less than 0.25% of the Indian Armed Forces.
What is more startling is that the number of women being annually recruited in the armed forces is not steadily growing.
Year-wise breakdown of women being recruited in the three wings of the Indian Armed Forces in the last five years:
Educating women and encouraging them to work has always been a ‘work in progress’ in India and to boot them to work in the Armed Forces is an increasingly tough task. More and more women are standing up to this gender bias by taking up professions nobody would have ‘expected’ them to.
Recent releases ‘Naam Shabana’ and ‘Poorna’ which are stories of young women wanting to put India at the top using their respective talents and determination.
There are real life examples as well. With Justice Indira Bannerjee being appointed as the Chief Justice of Madras High Court, we now have four high courts with women chief justices for the first time in Indian history; the other being the high courts of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
Kerala too has a high court with four women judges for the first time in the state’s history. India definitely seems to be on the right track to ensure shoulder to shoulder marching in top positions of the judiciary.
We as citizens of this country must ensure that if not encourage, we must at least educate the women around us about careers in the Services sector and not just push them towards the very conventional career options.
We must empower all women from a young age because they too have the right to serve their country to the best of their abilities even on a battlefield previously dominated by men.
We need to work towards being a nation that not just respects women but pushes them towards greatness and prosperity.
We have already started that walk in various other sectors and now it’s time to do it for the Armed Forces as well.
New Change Being Brought
There is hope from the authority as well.
Previously, women were not allowed in position of combat in the Army and the Navy. However, the Indian Armed Forces has revised Short Service Commission (SSC) scheme to induct women into the fighter stream on an experimental basis for a period of five years.
The first batch of three women officers were commissioned into the fighter stream on June 18, 2016.
We at UdChalo are proud of this initiative taken by the Government and believe that it is required to promote gender equality in a country that is known to its citizens as their MOTHERLAND.