A team of all-women soldiers completed a four-day patrol along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, according to an official statement. The team, comprising 18 women soldiers, was led by a woman officer of the Indian Army and had members from Army, Assam Rifles and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). The team commenced the patrol from Kibuthu, Anjaw district, in Arunachal Pradesh on 10 August.
‘The team fixed a name for itself in the archives of history by becoming the maiden all-women team to accomplish adventure cum operational patrolling in the Himalayas,’ the statement revealed. The statement added that the women in uniform also exhibited tremendous potential of ‘Nari Shakti’.
‘Four days of patrolling through difficult terrain that crisscrossed mountains, streams and dense forests tested grit, determination and navigational skills of the patrol members, to truly epitomise women empowerment on the 73rd year of our nation’s Independence,’ read the statement. The patrolling team was lauded by Lieutenant General M M Naravane, GOC-in-C, Eastern Command for both professionalism and determination of the women participants.
ITBP started to recruit women personnel in 2017, and since then, these soldiers have been posted along the India-China border from Arunachal Pradesh to Ladakh. It has also opened combat roles for women officers. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has also been contemplating on forming an all-women mountaineering team as more women are taking interest in adventure sports.