'Male bastion' falls as first female SWAT team ready Aug 11, 2018 0 41 12345 Thomson Reuters FoundationNEW DELHIAfter more than a year of being put through their paces - learning to scale buildings, defuse bombs and rescue hostages - India's first all-female commando team started work on Friday, breaking a traditionally male bastion.The 36 women underwent 15 months of rigorous training in weapons handling, counter-terrorism and Krav Maga - the military self-defence technique pioneered by Israel's security forces - to enter the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.They will work alongside about five all-male commando teams in the Indian capital, said Pramod Kushwaha, a senior Delhi police official."These women have broken into a male bastion,"he said."People often have this kind of misconception that women cannot do this or women cannot do that, but I can say very proudly that these women are on par and at times better than the male commandos."India's police force is overwhelmingly male with official data showing just over 7 percent of all officers are women, well below a government target of 33 percent.All the women officers in the new team are from India's northeast, a region that is battling with numerous separatist insurgencies and is seen as a neglected corner of the country. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Thousands excluded from NRC throng centres to file claims Aug 11, 2018 0 47 M'rashtra ATS nabs 3 'Hindu militants' over terror plot Aug 11, 2018 0 341 SC concerned at sexual abuses in childcare homes, seeks report on facilities Aug 11, 2018 0 34 India, Switzerland discuss bilateral ties, black money New Delhi: India and Switzerland discussed on Friday various aspects of bilateral ties, including the issue of curbing black money, as well as regional and multilateral issues during a meeting between External Affairs .. Senior CPI-M leader Jayarajan to return as Minister Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI-M state secretariat on Friday gave the nod for the re-induction of CPI-M leader EP Jayarajan into the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet, according to party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. .. Incessant heavy rain forces opening of all five floodgates of Idukki dam Idukki: With heavy rains continuing in Idukki, the authorities in Kerala were forced to open the remaining two more floodgates of the nearly overflowing Idamalayar dam on Friday afternoon even as the death toll reached .. Protests in New Delhi after seven-year-old girl raped AFP New Delhi Scores of angry parents protested outside a government-run school in New Delhi on Friday after a seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an electrician on its premises, police said. The incident comes on .. Rafale deal: Sonia leads oppn protest, demands JPC probe New Delhi: On the last day of Parliament's monsoon session, UPA Chairperson and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Friday led her party MPs and other Opposition leaders in their protest against the Narendra Modi .. Rajasthan HC issues notice on expense details of Gaurav Yatra Jaipur: The Rajasthan High Court on Friday issued notice to the BJP state unit chief on a PIL regarding the expenses incurred on the party's ongoing 'Gaurav Yatra'led by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in the ..