First ‘IAF’, now ‘AR’; Indian women prove their strength
Creating new valuable-chapters in the Assam Rifle’s eventful history, the first batch of women soldiers on last day were successfully inducted in the country’s most-powerful paramilitary force. By this, the one hundred and eight-one year old paramilitary force has dropped the tainted tag of mala stronghold. As per reports, nearly hundred and twenty-seven women had been selected to attend the one-year military training program conducted by the Assam Rifles on last year. They were selected through an intake recruitment-rally conducted across the country, report added. Reports further added that the passing-out parade of the trainees who have successfully completed the training program held at Assam Rifles training centre in Shokhuvi in Nagaland. According to reports, nearly two hundred trainees have completed their training program last day and out of it nearly hundred trainees are women. Senior army officials believe that the presence of women soldiers in the force will provide a clean image to the prestigious paramilitary-force, which participates in numerous counter insurgency program in the North-East borders that demands local people’s coordination, support and trust. It is learned that the new battalion of lady-soldiers is named after the Lushai hills, as the Lushai Company. The Assam Rifles was initially formed to protect the plantation from local goons in late 1880’s. It had undergone series of transformation and reconstruction before becoming a powerful paramilitary force. Notably, it had participated in both world war and played a crucial role in it. The force is mainly used to protect Indo-Myanmar borders.
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