In a first of it’s kind, women in the Central Reserve Police Force who have to face riotous mobs in the course of their duty will be soon provided with specially designed body gear. Right from the days of Independence, women had to make do with oversized body protectors designed for men.
Around 300 women CRPF personnel posted in Srinagar to control the stone pelting incidents will be the immediate benefactors of these gears. A full body protector has been designed by a team of scientists at the Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences which is a unit of the Defence Research and Development Organisation. Dr. Shweta Rawat who is the head of the designing team said that anthropometric data was used to design the gear which will ensure protection of the vital organs of women. The gear is anti- stab and anti – acid. The CRPF is likely to place an order for 9000 pieces for the benefit of around 8000 women personnel.