A 125-strong women's contingent of the CRPF will be arriving in Liberia next Monday. The move is meant to replace an existing team of the Indian women paramilitary force deployed there as part of an UN peacekeeping force.
The age of the team members is between 27 to 40 years and 80 per cent of them are mothers, they said.
The team, consisting of women between the ages 27 and 40 and most of them mothers , will be led by Commandant Rakhi Sahi. They will leave for Liberia on January 29 to replace the existing group commanded by Seema Dhundiya. This former team has earned praise from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for motivating the country's women to join police.
According to official sources, the personnel have undergone training in endurance, advanced armed combat tactics, crowd and mob control, modern sophisticated weapons, counter-insurgency operations, disaster management and international policing with special emphasis on community policing.
It is for the first time that the constables have been trained in Side Arms, namely 9 mm pistol, add officials.
"Keep India's flag flying high in the African nation. Out of the 23 nations deployed there, only India has the privilege of having an exclusive women's team there", CRPF Director General S I S Ahmed told the contingent as they demonstrated their skills at a function here.
The CRPF women contingent, which was deployed last year in Liberia, was the first exclusive female team of police in any UN peacekeeping force.