Woman Breaks into Army Male Bastion, Becomes First Lady Jawan

New Delhi, Oct 3 (PTI): Another glass ceiling has been broken in the Indian Army with a mother of two becoming the first woman jawan.

Outperforming her male counterparts in the physical tests, 35-year-old Sapper Shanti Tigga joined the 969 Railway Engineer Regiment of Territorial Army (TA).

"Women are allowed to join the armed forces only as officers in the non-combat units. But Tigga has earned a unique distinction of being the first lady jawan in the 1.3 million strong defence forces," a senior army officer said.

"She performed exceedingly well in all the physical tests. She took five seconds less than her male counterparts to complete 1.5 km run. She completed the 50 meter run in 12 seconds which is rated as excellent," he said.

Employed with the Indian Railways as points-man posted at Chalsa station in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district, Tigga volunteered for the TA last year.

"I joined Railways in 2005 on compensatory ground after my husband passed away. Last year I learnt about TA Railways and I volunteered for it. At that time, I was not aware that no woman has ever joined the army as Personnel Below Officer Rank but that was hardly a deterrent," she said.

During her Recruitment Training Camp (RTC), Tigga had impressed the firing instructors with her skills in handling guns and earned the top-most position of marksman.

"With her overall performance in the RTC including physical test, drill and firing, she was adjudged as the best trainee," an official said.

Tigga said she had always dreamt of joining the army, wear the olive green uniform and fire guns.

"Some of my relatives were in the armed forces and I was always motivated by them to become a part of the army. I prepared hard to clear the physical tests. I know I have made my family proud by becoming the first woman army jawan," she said


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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Mon, Oct 03 2011

    Dear Stevi,..Let me remind you that Shanti Tigga is a jawan and to become jawan one need not know how to operate Fighter Jets or use nuclear bombs.Basic training will be given to jawans and they have to pass that test.Shanti has successfully passed with distinction. (You can see in the photograph how Shanti is preparing herself to shoot.) Indian Army is the strongest Army in the world.It is really a proud moment for everyone.Jai Hind

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  • stevi, Sharjah

    Mon, Oct 03 2011

    If running is the only competition then hundreds and thousands of females in India who can perform this. Is this what all in Indian ARMY? even US has come openly and confessed their females are not yet ready to take that roll. Well in India everything first breaks and suffers the most. Like first Nuclear test, first women pilot, first president, ect who has vulnerable in their position today!!

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  • Alwyn Crasta, Neermarga, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 02 2011

    Great News.
    All the best.

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