New Delhi, July 19: The Director-General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar on Friday unveiled customised body armour for women personnel. Full Body Protectors (FBP) are developed jointly by the CRPF, Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS) and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). DG Life Sciences A.K. Singh and a team of DRDO scientists were also present at the event in New Delhi. DRDO Designs First Riot Gear Suit for Women Security Personnel to Protect Them During Attacks From Acid, Fire and Blunt Objects.
CRPF Deputy Inspector General (Intelligence) Moses Dhinakaran told PTI, “While the weight and components of the new body gear are similar to the old one, it has a better ergonomical design that would help women personnel better manouvere and be comfortable while on duty.” The protective gear weighs 6 kg. It has a different design and layout from the regular fibre-made black coloured body protector. The new suit not only protects against blunt impact, but will prevent the security personnel from acid attack and fire. In a First, CRPF Inducts 500 Women Personnel to Counter Female Stone-Pelters in Kashmir.
Sh. Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, DG #CRPF unveiled the ergonomic women specific protective gear for women personnel of the security Forces in the presence of Sh A.K. Singh, DG Life Sciences, Sh Bhuvnesh Kumar Director DIPAS and the team of @DRDO_India Scientists. pic.twitter.com/bHtgKDAdIE
— 🇮🇳CRPF🇮🇳 (@crpfindia) July 19, 2019
Currently, the regular protective gear is worn by both men and women police and paramilitary personnel during riot-control duties and regulation of public protests. The estimated cost of the female body protector is Rs 9,000. It will protect an individual from the neck to the toe with chest, hand, legs, shin and thigh guards. It took two years to design the gear. Several tests were conducted in these two years keeping in mind the requirement of force during anti-riot operations.
(With inputs from PTI)