Can't give women combat roles, Indian military chief Bipin Rawat strikes 'sexist' note

08:10 PM | 15 Dec, 2018
Can't give women combat roles, Indian military chief Bipin Rawat strikes 'sexist' note
NEW DELHI - Indian Army Chief, Bipin Rawat apparently struck a misogynistic note on Saturday and expressed that women were not ready for combat roles.

Bolstering his point, the military chief gave reasons like they [women] have the responsibility of raising kids and a woman officer would feel uncomfortable at the frontline and accused jawans of peeping as she changes clothes.

General Rawat said that he was ready to introduce women to combat roles, however, said the army may not be ready as most jawans come from villages and they may not accept a woman officer as a leader.

"Army would not be able to give her leave if she is the commanding officer as she can’t leave her unit for six months, but said objecting to the leave could create a ruckus," Rawat said in an interview with News18.

To a query why the army was not accepting women, the military chief replied that it was a misnomer.

Rawat also expressed that women in the battlefield could complain about jawans peeping.

"I am talking about isolation situation when she has 100 jawans around her but it happens here also in Delhi," the military chief said.

India's top commander expressed that if a lady is awarded a combat role then the maternity leave could be restricted which would create a ruckus.

Rawat, however, highlighted that the women were serving in different capacities in the force.

"We have women officers as engineers, they are doing mining and demining work. In air defence, they are manning our weapon systems. But we have not put women in frontline combat because what we are engaged in right now is a proxy war," he observed.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 May 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.57 7.72


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