At freezing altitude, the ‘Ranis’ of ITBP supply ammo to soldiers on China border

Time and again, women have proved themselves no less than men, and sometimes—like the ‘Ranis’ of Indo-Tibetan Border Police—their valour takes them to an all new horizon.

New Delhi: They are the ITBP Woman Assistant Commandants (Vets), and their might and resilience speak a story that would send a chill down your spine.

In the freezing altitude of 16,000 feet, these brave ladies supply ammunition, rations and even drinking water to the jawans protecting the borders of India, more than 150 km ahead of Army deployment. 

27-year-old ITBP combated veterinary officer Assistant Commandant (Vet) Swathi Gupta with a fully loaded weapon at 16000 feet facing tough terrain along the sensitive Chinese Borders.

This sort of women empowerment from the ITBP comes at a time when a majority of forces are debating whether to give permanent commission to women. 

They are entrusted with the task of ensuring the viability of Axis of Maintenance (AOM) at Border Out Posts (BOPs); also training and deploying 'crack K9 dogs' for sensitive duties.

The ITBP Woman Assistant Commandants (Vets) live by the motto: ‘Ghoda Bhagwan, Hum Balwan!’... Truly enough, these ‘Ranis’ are giving today’s women life goals.

Written By Mayank Mohanti