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‘First female ciparas: The system will take time to accept, but the nation will soon be proud’ | India News


The first group of women to be incorporated into the bases of the Indian army have been transformed into professional cadet soldiers who arrived with inhibitions, the commander of the Center and School of the Military Police Corps (CMP), where they are training, he said, adding that the system will take a while to accept them, but that the national will soon be very proud of them.
“These girls who had come, initially with many inhibitions and deficiencies, have actually become professional soldiers, all thanks to their hard work, their courage and determination, their zeal and passion. It goes without saying that the instructors and trainers have worked very hard with them and that is why they turned out to be what they are today, ”said Brigadier C Dayalan, commander of the CMP Center and School.
Recognizing that while it will take some time for the system to accept them as colleagues, he said: “… But look at my words, the way we have seen them transform, the way they overcame obstacles, I’m sure, I’m more that sure that the environment / system is obliged to accept them earlier than we had anticipated. This is mainly due to their professionalism (female soldiers) and the values ​​they have assimilated. Very soon, the nation will be very proud of them. ”
He said that the incorporation of female soldiers into the army has been a very important step towards achieving gender parity. And this historic decision by the Indian Army, he said, would pave the way as herald of a similar step on the part of the sister services of the defense forces in times to come.
“Why the CMP? We have been the pioneers in training the first group of female soldiers who are below the rank of officers because every soldier in the military police has authority. Watching the army means an authority and they are properly trained. And that is the reason why CMP was chosen, ”he said.
In addition, while noting that change in any system was bound to have difficulties, obstacles and challenges, he said that the biggest challenge he observed was the acceptance of female soldiers as colleagues, the change of mindset in the system and the environment.
“Not just now, in my opinion, it will take a few more years. Even after they have merged with the environment, even after the system has absorbed the women, it will take some time. And it is our duty to ensure that they are quickly integrated into the system. To ensure this, we have taken some steps in preparation, ”he said.
Even before the first recruit joined the training, the CMP put in place the right kind of accommodation and infrastructure, safety, hygiene and sanitation aspects and specific services for women.
“The gender awareness aspect was very important. Not only our troops here, but we also sensitize the families of the soldiers who serve here. All of them were sensitized about gender parity so that they understand the concept and ensure its acceptance. Also, all aspects of the training of women here were on a par with their male counterparts, taking into account gender parity, ”she said.
In addition, the CMP took special care in the training of the instructors, who were formed by a team from other army establishments that has experience in the training of female cadets (officers).
“There are already two establishments, the Officer Training Academy, Chennai and the NCC Training Academy in Gwalior, that are training female cadets. A core team of instructors from there visited our campus and conducted a capsule here under the auspices of the deputy commander and the chief instructor, who is responsible for the general training activities and also for the trainers, ”he said.
Dayalan added that the capsule was held with the main objective of sensitizing CMP instructors, to refine their behavior with female recruits, what to do and what not to do – A code of conduct was formulated for both trainers and trainees got to how the training was going to be affected.
“And an important topic was the Vishaka guidelines: the instructions imposed by the government to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. This stood out from the start. Not only were the trainers and trainees given information about them (guidelines), but we also constituted a board of officers from day one with the main objective of investigating any complaints received against any offense and taking the necessary actions. And I can proudly say that this board of directors has not received a single complaint for the steps we have taken, “he added.

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