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PC lauds Naga Mahila Bn, assures AK-47s to 15 IRB; for removal of gender bias in SFs
Published on 17 Oct. 2010 12:06 AM IST
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Union home minister P. Chidambaram today lauded the personnel and officers of 15th Nagaland Armed Police (IR) Mahila Battalion for performing their duties with “dedication and efficiency” during the recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
The Naga women personnel were deployed in various markets in the national capital besides Delhi Metro stations.
“The Mahila Batallion performed as effectively as any other force, proving that they are in no way less than their male counterparts,” said Chidambaram while addressing the 15th NAP (IR) Mahila unit in New Delhi today.
While welcoming Chidambaram, the Battalion Commander Meren Jamir had said it would be helpful if women personnel were given lighter and sleeker AK-47 weapons than the long SLRs that they were using.
Chidambaram, later speaking to reporters, said it was not a problem and could be sorted out. Stating that government was buying a number of AK 47s, the home minister said ministry would surely look into this aspect when procurements take place.
Meanwhile, pitching for equal opportunities for women, the home minister P. Chidambaram said gender bias existing in security forces should be removed.
According to the union home minister, one of the reasons for setting up Mahila battalions was to remove gender bias against women that they cannot perform certain duties.
“Properly trained, properly equipped and given the right opportunities, women can do just as well as men in every walk of life,” said Chidambaram.
“We are of the view that that the gender bias that has existed for many years in the armed forces, our paramilitary forces, should be removed and women must be given the same opportunity that men have relating to every kind of security duty and to rise through the ranks to hold the highest posts in the security forces,” the Minister said. Chidambaram also observed that there has been an attitudinal change in the Delhi public as well as Delhi Police personnel in the wake of recently concluded Commonwealth Games.
“No one found anything negative about the security arrangements for the Games. People of Delhi have possibly learnt to live and adjust their behaviour to the stringent security situations,” the minister said.
He said that Delhi Police personnel also showed much courteous and helpful behaviour during their duties at the Games.
The minister expressed hope that this change in attitude would remain for ever. (With PTI inputs)

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