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BSF’s women take fight to the enemy’s gate

ABDULLIYAN (RS PURA, JAMMU): Shortly after sunrise, constables Rabinder Kaurand Anubala sling their 5.56mm INSAS rifles across their shoulders, and march towards one of the border outposts in Jammu.

Once there, the young BSF personnel, both women, quickly get into position at the morcha, from where they can draw a bead on Pakistan Rangers personnel. Trained to handle medium machine guns (MMGs) and 51mm mortars, the two are merciless in their retaliation if firing from across the border injures locals or their colleagues.

Rabinder and Anubala are among more than 90 women personnel of the BSF posted along the 192km stretch of the international border in Jammu. “We’re the new woman power,” Rabinder, a Jammu local whose husband works in Australia, told TOI.

Hum log bhi jawaab denge, aur aisa jawaab denge ki 100 saal tak yaad rakhenge ki women constables ki taqaat kya hoti hai (We, too, will retaliate, and in a manner that they will remember the might of women constables for 100 years),” she added.

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