First batch of women military police, including 6 Keralites, gears up to script history
Bengaluru: The first batch of 100 women are gearing up to be inducted in the Indian Army as the country’s first Military Police Women in May 2021. There are six Malayali women in the batch that will script history.
They will complete the 61 weeks training at the Austintown Corps of Military Police (CMP) here and come out as Lance Naiks on May 8. The women cadets are being trained under Lieutenant Colonel Julie. Maya Sajeesh (Kalpathy), T Vismaya (Edapal), S Malu, Janika S Jayan (Karunagappally), PS Archana (Thiruvananthapuram), SR Gowri (Venjaramoodu) are the women from Kerala included in the first batch. The training started on 6 January 2020.
The defence ministry aims at inducting 1,700 women military police into Indian Army by 2037.
Their uniforms and duties are similar to male military police. Law and order, discipline in Indian Army are the primary focus. Their duties include investigation into rape, sexual abuse and robbery cases. Recording arrests and providing police help to Army in times of need also come under their responsibilities.
During war, the responsibilities increase. Transporting the soldiers to warzone, maintaining the camps of war prisoners, security check on women in times of military operation and search, evacuation of people from crisis-hit areas and controlling of refugees are also included in their list of duties.
Out of the 61-week training, 29 weeks are for basic training and the rest 26 weeks for advanced training. 6 weeks are holidays. The basic training include physical training, arms and ammunition training, swimming and driving (heavy vehicles). Meanwhile, the advanced training include investigating on rape, suicide, POCSO cases, war prisoner management, preparation of military police report, control room management and traffic management.