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BSF posts women to curb smuggling

Wednesday January 5, 2022, By Diversity Digest

In another display of women taking up challenging roles as guards, the Border Security Force (BSF) has posted women constables at the India-Bangladesh border to tackle smuggling across the border.

As per news reports, about 36 female constables comprise the unit on the Haridaspur-Jayantipur Border Outpost along the India-Bangladesh border.

While the BSF has been recruiting women constables for a few years now, they are being deployed to serve challenging tasks.

The news reports also said that the women constables deployed will specifically keep an eye on the illegal smuggling of substances across the border into India by women in and around a village situated in both countries.

Patrolling is a big concern on this border as some parts are still unfenced.

A few years ago, the BSF deployed the first batch of women force for frisking of women. In the first round of deployment, 600 of them were deployed at some challenging posts like the India-Pakistan border.

In the last few years, paramilitary has roped in women. Recently, the CRPF announced the posting of women in Z-plus security for VIPs like Home Minister Amit Shah, former PM Manmohan Singh and his wife, and MPs Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

In the Armed forces, women candidates were allowed for the first time to appear for National Defence Academy exams in November last year.

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