First time all-women Assam Rifles contingent to march at Republic Day parade

India’s oldest Paramilitary force, the Assam Rifles, will create history on January 26 as an all-women contingent will march past the Rajpath during the Republic Day parade.

The all-women wing of the Assam Rifles came into being in 2016 when 100 specially trained women soldiers were inducted into the most-decorated paramilitary force of India.

This will be the first time that any female contingent of the country’s oldest Paramilitary force will participate in the Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. The contingent comprises of Mahila Riflemen, Mahila JCOs of Assam Rifles and is being led by Major Khushboo Kanwar of 10 Sect Assam Rifles.

“This epic leap taken by the Sentinels of the North East will be registered in golden words for times, down the line for the display of Women power in National Security,” AR PRO (Defence) Col C Konwer said.

Assam Rifles is the oldest and most decorated paramilitary force of India. The Assam Rifles came into being in 1835. Assam Rifles has grown substantially over the years from 17 battalions in 1960 to 46 battalions at present.

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