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Meet Abhilasha Barak- Indian Army's First Woman Combat Pilot

26-year-old girl, Abhilasha Barak has created a buzz across the nation as she becomes the first woman officer to join the Army Aviation Corps as a Combat Aviator.

Meet Abhilasha Barak- Indian Armys First Woman Combat Pilot

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 May 2022 1:43 PM GMT

NEW DELHI: We often come across cases of women being the victim of various physical assaults and they are often questioned about their identity or being capable enough of their work.

From Jyotiba Phule's struggle to educate women and support the idea of widow remarriage, and abolishing Sati Pratha, we had seen many revolutions and reforms in the fight for women's rights.

In a patriarchal Hindu society, often women are subjugated to various immoralities by men, especially the upper caste Hindu man. Gender roles are also a common space to mingle in almost every house of Indian society.

Amidst these backdrops, certain news shows progressive changes in our country, especially when it comes to serving the nation.

A 26-year girl named Abhilasha Barak has created a buzz as the first woman officer to join the Army Aviation Corps as a Combat Aviator.

An important announcement was made by the ADG PI- Indian Army, which is the official social media site of the Additional Directorate General of Public Information that Abhilasha Barak has been appointed captain and the first woman to join the Army Aviation Corps.

The ADG- PI site termed it as the 'Golden Letter Day in the history of Indian aviation.

A tweet from the army's social media site reads- "Young Aviators are now ready to spread their wings in Combat Aviation Squadrons".

With the usage of the hashtag #InStrideWithTheFuture, the army had awarded her coveted wings and it is also seen that along with male candidate officers, women officers are also recruited into the army.

She was awarded the coveted wings along with 36 other army pilots in an event held at Combat Army Aviation Training School in Nashik.

The army reported that 15 women officers showed interest in joining the army but 2 of them got selected for the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test and medical. Both of them were then trained at the Combat Army Aviation Training School.

The corp is a component of the army regime which was formed in late November 1986. It's headed by an LT General rank officer known as the Director-General of Army Aviation.

About Abhilasha Barak:

She is the daughter of retired COL S Om Singh from Haryana. She did her schooling at Lawrence School, Sanawar. Her graduation was completed from Delhi Technological University (DTU) in 2016 in the field of electronics and communication engineering, B. Tech.

In her period with the army air defence, she was selected as the Contingent Commander for Presentation of Colours to army air defence by our president. She even has laurels to name her with a number of professional military courses before joining the Army Aviation Corps.

Many women have secured such astounding places in the army and made our country India proud with their hard work. Maya Sudan was one such who created history as the first woman pilot fighter. She has become the 12th woman officer in the country. Again in the year 2019, flight lieutenant Hina Jaiswal became the first Indian woman flight engineer. She had secured this by passing the flight engineer's course 112 helicopter unit, in Yelahanka.

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