Policy decision on combat role for women soon: Parrikar

Manohar Parrikar
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said here that his ministry was examining how a combat role can be assigned to the women in the armed forces, in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's focus on gender sensitivity.

"My ministry is working out (how) to assign combat role for women in the armed forces, and a policy decision will soon be made," Parrikar said, addressing a gathering of retired army officers at Welingkar Institute of Management here.

Earlier this week, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had said the Indian Air Force had moved a proposal to induct women as fighter aircraft pilots.

"It is extremely unfortunate that our Prime Minister's initiatives such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and Selfie With Daughter are not being taken seriously by a few people, especially so-called secular minded people," Parrikar said.

"When our PM emphasises Selfie with Daughter, it does not only address the issue of gender equality but also the disorder of gender insensitivity prevailing in the current form of society in a larger context," he said.

Parrikar was in the city to pay tribute to late Lt Dilip Gupte on his 50th death anniversary. Gupte died at a young age of 23 in Operation Jura Bridge on October 11, 1965 during the Indo-Pak war.

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