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‘Gender does not matter when tackling terrorism’: Women officers in armed forces at forefront of J&Okay anti-terror ops

In a primary, CRPF has deployed senior IPS officer Rashmi Shukla as ADG of Jammu and Kashmir zone. BSF, too, has for the primary time deputed Sonali Mishra, an IG rank girl officer, in Jammu

The BSF and CRPF lately appointed girls officers at IG ranges in Jammu and Kashmir. PTI

From being given cost of border safety to investigating terrorism-related circumstances, girls officers throughout armed forces are conquering bastions hitherto entrusted solely to their male counterparts.

In a primary, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lately deployed senior IPS officer Rashmi Shukla as Additional Director General (ADG) of Jammu and Kashmir zone, one of many largest with six sectors and crucial for the drive because it covers nearly the entire of north India.

Shukla, who can even oversee anti-terror operations for the CRPF in J&Okay, is a 1988 batch Maharashtra-cadre officer and one of many senior-most girls officers within the nation.

Another girl officer on the forefront of anti-terror crackdown in J&Okay is CRPF Inspector General (IG) Charu Sinha. Sinha, a 1996 batch Telangana-cadre officer, was tapped in to go the Srinagar sector for the drive nearly a yr in the past following her dealing with of the Naxal state of affairs as Bihar IG.

Speaking about her one-year stint as Srinagar IG, Sinha advised Information18, “My experience so far has been very good. It’s been a year. Importantly, my experience in tackling Left-wing extremism is helping me a lot. It gave me a good grounding, taught me how to reach the community. The type of operations is different here.”

Asked about girls officers more and more being deployed to deal with terrorism, Sinha mentioned, “An officer is an officer. It doesn’t matter. Even if you are tackling terrorism.”

The Border Security Force, too, has for the primary time deputed an IG rank girl officer in Jammu. Sonali Mishra, a 1993 batch IPS officer, was lately transferred from drive headquarters to Jammu.

“I also served as IG Srinagar frontier in 2017 before joining intelligence branch. I know how to guard my nation and deal with terrorism. We have the same challenges, but the modus operandi has changed. So we are also evolving,” Sonali Mishra advised Information18.

“I was the first woman to head Srinagar frontier for the BSF. Now, women are joining forces so obviously they will get deployment in such areas as well. Once you wear your uniform, gender doesn’t matter,” Mishra added.

The BSF is a frontline drive primarily deployed on the India-Pak border. Mishra is the primary girl officer to go the drive in securing the border in Punjab, which shares a 553-km border with Pakistan. The space is vulnerable to smuggling and has been witnessing drone exercise from throughout the border.

Mishra beforehand headed the BSF’s intelligence wing which is known because the G department. It collects intelligence from throughout the community, and after compilation, gives inputs and evaluation.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) shouldn’t be far behind in placing its girls officers on the forefront. The company presently has six girls officers, who make up nearly 30 % of the power at SP and DIG ranges. Officials say that is the primary time that six girls officers are investigating terror-related circumstances for the company.

KB Vandana, a 2004 batch officer from Rajasthan cadre, heads terror investigations for the NIA in her capability as DIG. The circumstances in her portfolio embody these associated to terror recruitment in Hyderabad and Kerala, the place terror teams are recognized to focus on and radicalize youth.

Her colleague Jyoti Priya Singh heads Lucknow operations for NIA. A 2008 batch Maharashtra-cadre officer, Singh is understood for her no-nonsense fashion of working.

The newest girl officer to hitch NIA ranks is 2009 batch UT cadre officer Vijayanta Arya, who was working as DCP, Economic Offence Wing of Delhi Police, earlier.

The NIA’s Terror Funding and Fake Currency Cell (TFFC) has three girls officers at SP and DIG ranks, working to interrupt the chain of terror financing — Uma Meena, a 2007 batch Kerala-cadre officer; Jaya Roy, a 2011 batch officer; and Sanjukta Parashar, a 2006 batch Assam/Meghalaya cadre officer.

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