Women have made their presence felt in almost all fields over the past couple of years. However, a few fields are still opening up to this idea gradually. The paramilitary force Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is one such example where women were not taken at the Assistant Commandant level until recently.
Hailing from Bihar, 25-year-old Prakriti will become the first woman to be directly posted at the ITBP as the Combat Officer. She successfully cleared the examination last year in her first attempt itself.
Prakriti, who belongs to the Samastipur district in Bihar, says that she had wished to serve the country since childhood. Her father is in the Indian Air Force, and has been a huge inspiration for her.
It was in the year 2016 when Prakriti came across the news report announcing that the government has now finally opened up the combat officer position at ITBP for women. After which, she decided to prepare for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) exam, and opted for ITBP as her first choice. After extensive hard work and preparation, she cleared the examination successfully.
Prakriti completed her Bachelor's in the field of Electrical Engineering. She is now posted at the ITBP camp situated in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. She will then undergo training at the Officers’ Training Academy in Dehradun.
Earlier, women were appointed at higher posts in ITBP, but as doctors or a member of the technical group. However, Prakriti will become the first to be appointed as a combat officer.
Prakriti said that her parents have supported her throughout, and gave her freedom to opt for a career choice she desires. She urges other parents to also let their children make a decision regarding their career path, regardless of their gender.
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