Bastar gets first women CRPF officer, Usha Kiran
Giving a boost to the discourse about women empowerment, Maoist insurgency-hit Bastar in Chattisgarh has got it’s first woman CRPF officer Usha Kiran, deployed as the assistant commandant with CRPF’s 80 Battallion. As women become more assertive about their life, careers and choices, the traditional and patriarchal notions of the society is seen going through a massive change.
And more boldly, women are being employed in areas of extreme danger and they may be involved in actual combat operations with militants which put them into situations of grave casualties.
Chhattisgarh: Insurgency-hit Bastar gets its first woman CRPF officer-Usha Kiran, an assistant commandant with CRPF’s 80 Battallion pic.twitter.com/AlqSNAlvOm
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Totally not disconcerted with the noise going, Usha Kiran spoke to media and said she was happy to be deployed in a danger zone. According to Financial Express, here’s what she had to say about women the pathbreakers,
“Wanted to experience how CRPF tackles its biggest challenge, so chose LWE area Bastar.”
Knowing very well that challenges abound ahead as the area is one of the most difficult zones to operate in as the enemy is quick, deadly and virtually impossible to detect, Usha Kiran said, “Bastar is challenging, terrain-wise.”
Considering the fact that she is not the first in her family to join the forces, it’s more than an achievement for Kiran.
She said: “Had always wanted to get here in the forces, grandfather was in CRPF, and father is employed there presently.”