Union Minister for Defence, Manohar Parrikar, on 11 October, said that he favoured delegating signigficant roles in counter-terrorism operations to women.
Earlier this week, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had announced that Indian IAir Force had moved a proposal to induct women as fighter aircraft pilots.
He “in principle” favoured women in combat positions, but a final decision would be taken later. “I don’t see why not. We must take them as an equal in everything, Then why not delegate them combat roles” Parrikar said, in reply to a question.
He said that the defense ministry could assign them “roles in counter-terrorism operations or even to tackle terrorists, both within and outside the borders.
He was speaking at a fundraiser in Bambolim, on Panajai’s outskirts.
“It (delegation of counter-terror duties to women) has to be done in a phased manner. It won’t happen immediately,” Parrikar said.
The final notification on appointing women as fighter aircraft pilots would also take time.
It may be noted that the UAE Air Force has women fighter plane pilots who had carried out strikes on ISIS targets.