The news hit the wire today that the Delhi police force is all set to welcome an all-women SWAT team, made up of 36 exceptionally talented and well trained North-Eastern women.
India will now be one of those few nations across the world to have such a SWAT team.
A brainchild of Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, these 36 women constables have been inducted into the squad after being trained under specialists from around the world for fifteen months!
The team is trained to handle terror strikes and hostage crisis in urban locations. The commandos have received rigorous Krav Maga training in unarmed combat and will be equipped with MP5 submachine guns and Glock 21 pistols.Armed To Shield
Having received better ratings than their male counterparts from their trainers at the Police Training College in Jharoda Kala, they will be stationed across various strategic locations in central and south-Delhi, besides being onboard anti-terror vans called Parakram.
TOI quoted Pramod Kushwaha, DCP (Special Cell) saying, “They are experts at unarmed combat, ambush and counter-ambush, jungle operation, urban operation which includes building interventions, vehicle/bus intervention and VVIP security. They have also been imparted basic knowledge of explosives and IEDs apart from being trained to use a wide array of weapons”.
We're are totally backing this move by the government and can't be more proud of the unit, which is all set to be officially inducted into Delhi Police by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
This has to be one of those instances where you manage to set an example for others to look up to and in this case, it has to be for all women, to match steps with the men in this world, and show everyone that they are a force to be reckoned with. It surely is a welcome news right before India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day.