For the first time in history, two all-women contingents participated in the Republic Day parade this year. Of the two, one was an all-female National Cadet Corp (NCC) contingent. Of more than 2,000 NCC cadets who participated in the parade, 700 were women.
In order to improve gender imbalance in the force, the NCC is taking initiatives to recruit more female cadets. It also plans to send its female cadets to climb the Mt. Everest peak this year, She the People had earlier reported.
An all-women CRPF stunt contingent also performed at the parade. The contingent, named Women Daredevils, comprising 120 soldiers, showcased their skills on motorcycles, replacing the men who usually perform the stunts. The Women Daredevils comprises women from three CRPF battalions and the Rapid Action Force..