Time not right to involve women in combat roles says GOC in Cheif Western Command

Time not right to involve women in combat roles says GOC in Cheif Western Command

Time not right to involve women in combat roles says GOC Western CommandGeneral Officer Commanding-in-chief of Western Command Lieutenant General RP Singh said  that the Indian Army welcomes the Supreme Court’s order to the government to grant permanent commission to women in the force, but the time is not right to involve them in combat roles. According to the Hindustan Times reports.

On 17 Feb 2020, the Supreme Court ordered the Centre to grant permanent commission to women officers in the Indian Army, respecting the 2010 order of the Delhi High Court in this regard. 

The Supreme Court ruled that permanent commission must be given to the women officers irrespective of the tenure of service in Indian Army. The Supreme court also ruled that women officers can get “command and criteria” appointments in the Indian Army on par with their male counterparts.

“We welcome the SC ruling to give women officers permanent commission,” Singh said during an interaction with reporters at the Western Command’s Investiture Ceremony in Dehradun on Tuesday. “We don’t have any issues or regrets on the same. However, as far as combat role for them is concerned, I think the right time for it has not come yet.”

Lt General Singh called women’s involvement in combat roles an evolutionary process. He said that women are already employed in wings related to combat. “We hope in the future they will get into more roles and contribute to the Indian Army.”

The Western Command chief presented 41 awards including 32 Sena Medals for gallantry, two Sena Medals for distinguished service and seven Vashisht Seva Medals to Army officers and soldiers, at the event in Dehradun. He also honoured 16 elite units of the Western Command for their professional excellence.

In December 2018, former Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat had claimed that women are not ready for combat roles because army men, who largely come from small villages, would not be willing to accept a female commander.

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