Women commandos will be deployed on 90 new Delhi Metro stations set to be opened in stages over the next year as part of its third phase of expansion.

The women have gone through rigorous tactical and endurance training that, officials say, will enable them to tackle extreme threats such as terrorism, in addition to routine roles like beefing up security for female passengers.

The Central Industrial Security Force, the agency that provides the security cover to the Delhi Metro and India’s airports, said women guards were initially hired for frisking duties alone. “But over the years, we felt why should women personnel restrict themselves to frisking?” said a CISF official, wishing to not be identified. “We are now pushing more women into commando training so they have that extra skill to react in any untoward incident,” the source said.

The training includes a Filipino martial arts technique, knowing how to use everyday articles such as pens, belts, shoelaces and keys tactically to take on attackers. More info

Faizan Haidar
Hindustan Times, New Delhi