The year 2023 will see the Indian armed forces upholding their commitment to gender equality.
As reported by ANI, Veer Guardian 2023, is the name of the exercise that will be held from 16 to 26 January 2023, at the Hyakuri Air Base and associated airspace in Japan’s Sayama. What is a matter of pride is the fact that Squadron Leader Avni Chaturvedi, who is a Su-30MKI pilot, will travel to Japan to participate in the aerial wargames in Japan.
This is the first time that a woman fighter pilot of the IAF is going outside India to participate in the wargames.
While the Indian Air Force has been the first of the armed forces to appoint women in combat roles, now, Captain Shiva Chauhan from the Corps of Engineers has become the first woman officer to be posted at Siachen, the most difficult and arduous posts. She has been able to qualify for this position after intense training. She will be deployed at the Siachen Glacier, which, at 20,000 feet, is the highest battlefield in the world.
She will have to endure extremely low temperatures and frostbite, and even climb ice walls among other activities.
India has also sent its biggest all-women platoon to be part of the peacekeeping force of the UN. This contingent comprising 25 female soldiers and two female officers, will be deployed in Abyei, on the Sudan-South Sudan border.
Last year, the IAF had decided to include women in its prestigious Garud commando force.
The Indian Navy will also allow women to join its team of marine commandos or Marcos, provided they meet all the criteria for selection.