India is ready to send its first all-women armed group of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for Liberia. The women group of CRPF would join the UN Peacekeeping operations in Liberia.
According to the DG, CRPF, the group is a specialized police unit comprising 125 female CRPF officers. The group has received exhausted training to control the angry mob, handling of weapons, teargas and unarmed combat.
Commandant Seema Dhondiya is the leader of the troop that will be armed with pistols, Insas and AK-47 rifles and light machine guns.
J.K. Dutt, Director General of CRPF said that,
this is a unique and historical moment for CRPF. He said further tat this women contingent is not only the first of its kind in India going a UN assignment, but also is the first woman contingent in the world, which has been entrusted to maintain law and order, to restore peace over there.
Tanushree Sinha, a sub-inspector in the troop, said that
no doubt I am so happy since I was selected for this contingent. We are likely to go to Liberia in next 10-12 days. I am very excited and happy.
The Indian troop would join the UN peacekeeping force to undertake joint patrolling and area domination work. It will work for riot control and training of officers of the Liberian National Police in that country. The CRPF troop would stay for one year in the crisis-hit West African nation.
With this new contingent sending for UN Peacekeeping force, India has been sent 69,000 troops to 39 peacekeeping missions since 1950. At Present, India has its forces deployed with UN missions in Lebanon, Ethiopia-Eritrea and Congo.
For this reason, the Indian Army already had earmarked a brigade-size force of about 3,000 troops for deployment in UN missions at any point of time.
On the other hand, the report says that the UN is battling to keep in check its rising peacekeeping bills. Until yet, there are 15 UN-led peacekeeping missions working in three continents. There are 50,000 soldiers from different countries are giving their services to UN.