The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is deliberating over inducting women officers in its jungle warfare commanded force CoBRA, chief A P Maheshwari said on Thursday.
Under CRPF, 10 Commando Battalion for Resolution Action (CoBRA) were raised in 2009. Comprising of over 12,000 personnel, the specialised force was tasked with undertaking intelligence-based jungle warfare operations.
"We are favourably considering inducting women in the CoBRA," Maheshwari said during a press conference here.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has had women personnel in combat since 1986 when its first ''Mahila'' battalion was raised. It has six such units at present.
The majority of CoBRA teams are deployed in various Naxal violence affected states and a few are based in the northeastern states under counter-insurgency operations.
Troops inducted in CoBRA units have to meet tough mental and physical parameters.
The force, with a strength of about 3.25 lakh personnel, is the country's largest paramilitary force and is designated as the lead internal security combat unit.
With PTI inputs