Tanushree Pareek on Saturday became the first woman combat officer to be commissioned in the 51-year history of the BSF, the country’s largest border guarding force. She will now be posted to command a unit along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab.
Pareek, 25, also led the passing out parade of 67 trainee officers that was reviewed by Union home minister Rajnath Singh .A resident of Rajasthan’s Bikaner, she is the first woman to join the force in the officer rank after she was selected in the all-India exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in 2014.
The BSF is primarily tasked to guard two of the most sensitive Indian frontiers with Pakistan and Bangladesh while it is extensively deployed for conducting Anti-Naxal operations and rendering other duties in the internal security domain.
She is the first woman “field officer” of the 2.5-lakh-strong force.
The force had begun induction of woman officers in 2013