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  Author Name : Shail Raghuvanshi Posted on : August-31-2009 Total Hits: 2156
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It looks like women are not going to leave any field of action. And ‘action’ is exactly the word when we hear of 178 women who were recently inducted into the paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF). They will be guarding the borders of the country, indeed a matter of great pride and courage for these enthusiastic, gutsy women and of course for the nation. The passing out parade ceremony was conducted at the Kharkan camp of the BSF, about 15 km from this Punjab town with Home Minister P. Chidambaram and BSF Director General M. L. Kumawat honoring the function.


It’s not that everything came easy for these set of women troopers. There have been no shortcuts and they have gone through all the necessary training needed for such work from extensive drill, security duties, camp training, and handling natural calamities to intelligence and vigilance training. They have trained for 36 weeks already and will soon be initiated into advanced combat for about two weeks before being posted along the 553 km long fenced India-Pakistan border in Punjab.


Leaving the pride and courage aspects aside, didn’t the parents of these women think twice before giving them the green signal, allowing them to enter this dangerous male dominated profession of guarding the country’s borders? Many were worried initially but some like Smt. Nimal Kaur from the Tibri district of Gurdaspur in Punjab says that she is happy that her daughter has “taken ahead the legacy of our family” as her husband also retired from BSF. As long as there will be mothers like her we shall continue to have more women volunteering to work as troopers.


What is great about this deployment is that this batch of women will be the first set of women to be deployed along the international border. Most of these women are from small towns from Punjab, Bengal and Assam with educational qualifications ranging from post graduation (14 post graduates), graduation (22 graduates) and class 12 pass (128 of them). Sportswomen and National Cadet Corps (NCC) volunteers are also part of this batch.  What stands out is not just the fact this is the first batch of women troopers along the border, the women in particular are infused with a lot of enthusiasm and pride for their work for their country. This is evident from what one of them said, “I want to show this whole world that Indian girls are capable enough to do anything on this earth.”

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