New Delhi, August 3: Recently, a video is going viral on social media claiming that ihe Indian Army deployed riflewomen along Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. Netizens, including some journalists, shared the video of three women soldiers giving their introduction. However, in the video it is not clear as to which regiment these riflewomen belong.

In the video, the riflewomen wearing a combat uniform could be seen guarding the Indian borders. A reply to a tweet by a former Indian Army officer indicated that these women are from the Assam rifles, the oldest paramilitary force. Reacting to the video, Lt Gen (Retd) Satish Dua, called Assam Rifles “a fine force”. He had also raised and commanded a division of the force as a Major General. Women Officers in Indian Army Now Eligible For Permanent Commission, Govt Issues Formal Sanction.

Video of Riflewomen Giving Their Introduction:

Lt Gen Dua tweeted, “Assam Rifles is a fine force. Have raised and commanded a Division as a Major General. Now they show the way re women in combat.” One of the netizens claimed the location where rifle women  were deployed was NH1 and not LoC.

Lt. Gen (R) Satish Dua's Reply:

Usually, Director of the Assam Rifles is a Lt Gen-rank officer of the Indian Army. Being a paramilitary force, the Assam Rifles comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Meanwhile, women are not yet allowed in a combat role in the Indian Army until now. Recently, the Centre issued the formal sanction for grant of Permanent Commission to women officers in the Indian Army.

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