For the first time in the history of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), two women officers have reached the rank of Inspector General (IG).
Who are the two women IGs?
- IG Seema Dundia and IG Annie Abraham are the two women officers who were recently promoted as Inspector General.
- IG Seema Dhundia will head CRPF’s Bihar sector and IG Annie Abraham will head the Rapid Action Force (RAF).
- In 1986, the CRPF became the first Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to induct women into combat.
- Seema Dhundia and Annie Abraham were among the first batch of women officers to join the CRPF in 1987. She had a great career over the years.
About IG Seema Dhundia
IG Seema Dhundia is known for serving in highly sensitive areas across India. She actively participated in raising the 2nd Women Battalion of the CRPF. She served as the Contingent Commander of the first all-women Police Unit (FPU) in the UN Mission in Liberia. Until recently, she served as DIG in the Rapid Action Force (RAF).
Regarding IG Annie Abraham
- IG Annie Abraham commanded the all-female FPU at the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Served as DIG, Intelligence, DIG, Operations, DIG CR and Vigilance in Kashmir Operations Sector at Army Headquarters.
- Other Notable Achievements of Women IGs
- IG Seema Dhundia and IG Annie Abraham have received President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, Police Medal for Meritorious Service, Ati Utkrisht Seva Patak and other national and international awards.
Women Battalions of CRPF
Central Reserve Police Force is the only paramilitary force in India with 6 all women battalions. The first all-women battalion of the CRPF was raised in 1986 with headquarters in Delhi. It was credited with helping in the Meerut Rebellion in its early days. The all-women battalion was raised to reduce law and order problems when police respond to protests involving women.