Title: Combating gender inequality and shortage in Indian armed forces

Authors: Jasbir Singh Minhas; Nilesh Arora

Addresses: Chandigarh University, NH-95, Ludhiana-Chandigarh State Highway, Mohali, Punjab, 140413, India ' Chandigarh University, NH-95, Ludhiana-Chandigarh State Highway, Mohali, Punjab, 140413, India

Abstract: The women are participating in all the sphere of life along with men in the modern age. In the armed forces women are performing different roles, responsibilities and duties. The current study will evaluate the shortage of Indian women officers in the armed forces especially in the combat role and their percentage of strength with respect to their male counter parts. Presently, Indian armed forces are giving commission to women officers in all branches except combat related roles. The other nations in the world had already started inducting women even in combat role. Indian Air Force has also inducted three women officers as fighter pilots who are under training as on date. The Indian Army and Navy are also contemplating to induct women in the combat role in near future. The study also investigates the gender inequality gap in the total strength of Indian armed forces officers.

Keywords: Indian armed forces; India; women; officers; combat role; gender inequality; gender equality.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2020.111648

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2020 Vol.26 No.4, pp.379 - 389

Received: 18 Apr 2019
Accepted: 01 Sep 2019

Published online: 19 Nov 2020 *

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