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Women are not fit for combat roles in the army, says Indian Army Chief

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s statement sparked outrage after he remarked about the combat roles shouldn’t be performed by women in the army. In a recent interview with News18, General Rawat said that women are not fit for combat roles in the Indian army. He even listed the reasons why women are not suitable or fit for combat roles in the army.

He said adding that even if he was ready to admit female officers on the frontline, but the army was not. Explaining clearly about the statement, he said that most of the jawans come from villages and they may not accept a woman commanding them.

One more reason was that women would feel discomfort at the frontline and accuse the jawans of ‘watching’ at them while they will change clothes. Post that, he said that the woman could also lose life in the tough combat roles and the country was not ready to look at their bodies returning from the war zone.

Another reason was that when women get pregnant, the army will not be able to give them ‘6 months of maternity leave’. After watching the video, people were shocked and voiced their opinions on Twitter. Let’s take a look at these comments:-

On the contrary

The government has ignored their ‘long-standing demand’ for higher Military Service Pay (MSP) for around 1 lakh personnel, as well as Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO’s), military sources said.

As per the reports, the Army is annoyed over the decision by the Finance Ministry and will seek its review. It has been said that around one lakh service personnel including 87,646 JCOs and 25,434 personnel from the Navy and the Indian Air Force will be badly affected by the decision.

“The proposal for higher MSP for JCOs and equivalent rank of the Navy and IAF has been rejected by the Finance Ministry,” said told PTI. As of now, the MSP has two categories namely- one for officers and another for JCOs and jawans.

Written by Chaithanya G

Hailing from Chennai, Chaithanya G is the Managing Director of TheYouth. He has dedicated his whole life to reading and writing.

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