Women in combat roles
Through the Presidential address on the eve of the Budget Session, the government has made its intentions clear about drafting women for combat roles in the country’s defence forces. However, the government needs to weigh the pros and cons of this decision, keeping in view a possible situation where the country could have to engage in a war in the sub-continent, especially with our difficult neighbour to the west. Imagine a female fighter pilot on a sortie mission to attack the enemy’s military base. If her plane is hit by ack-ack fire and she is forced to bail out, she could be eventually captured alive as a PoW. What will her fate be then? Is there any guarantee that she would be treated as a woman first and an enemy soldier later? Which section of the Geneva Convention will be made applicable to rescue her?
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