While having the courage to join the army is in itself a big achievement ,fulfilling the duty with fearlessness and honesty is another milestone. It takes one’s blood and sweat to do justice to this job and some women are achieving new heights in this area everyday.
Our country is blessed to have some beautiful faces around who’re handling this responsibility with ease and one of those is Usha Kiran, who is CRPF’s first woman officer to be posted in the Maoist-infested part of Bastar.
Known for her bravery and for being the first woman police officer in CRPF, 27 year old Usha Kiran is an inspiration to many women who dream to serve their nation and join the army. She is a role model for young tribal women who want to join the Indian forces.
Her underrating spirit and courage can be known from the fact that she specifically requested her seniors to post her in the male battalion in the extremely dangerous areas of Bastar and Chattisgarh. Her presence in the Maoist affected areas has been a big boost for the army as it has prevented Maoists from running the rape propaganda against the army.
“Her presence is good as the tribal women are always terrified and worried during the operations,” points out Kunti (name changed), a resident of a village near Darbha valley .”
Sanjay Yadav, the CRPF DIG of Bastar also had words of praise for Usha and said,”She helps the security forces during search and raid in Maoist-affected villages and secondly, her presence helps to counter Maoist propaganda of rape and molestation by security forces.”
Usha is also a former national athlete and represented Delhi in triple jump. She was given three choices after her induction in the army but she voluntarily chose Bastar. “But I preferred to come to Naxal-hit Bastar because tribals are innocents and development is not happening because of Maoist violence,” she said.
Her presence in the area has made tribal women feel safe who are otherwise afraid of male cops. “I talk to the women. They are scared of male cops and officers. But with me, they are more relaxed,” she pointed out.