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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 rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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