Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has appointed three women to handle its dog squad for the first time. Kalpanaben Manubhai (24), Aanchal Rani (23) and Neha Sonkar (22) completed six months of rigorous training. Now he is posted in 42nd Battalion in Nanpara of Bahraich district. SSB Commandant at Lucknow Headquarters A.K. Sinha said that for the first time in the state any force has given the responsibility of handling the dog squad to women. Sinha said, this is a milestone for gender equality in the central forces. Specially trained detection dogs play a vital role in detecting substances like drugs, explosives and even blood and assist the police in their vital duties.
She said that women are naturally more compassionate. Therefore, it was decided that women general duty officers would be asked to apply. Sinha said, after receiving the applications, we screened the candidates and tested them on basic parameters like temperament, fearlessness and the extent to which they can tolerate the aggression and tantrums of an animal.
Kalpanaben, a resident of Rajkot, Gujarat, said that dogs are like children. You have to form a bond with them. You scold them and they get angry. It is love and affection that motivates them to perform well. Kalpanaben said that when she decided to take up dog breeding, people said it was a man’s field and not suitable for women. Still, I decided to move forward. I get a head start while working. I liked my training at the Special Dog Training and Breeding Center in Alwar.
Aanchal Rani, a resident of Bihar, said that women have made incredible progress in all spheres of life. When I joined SSB, I came to know that there were no women handlers in the dog squad. Being a dog lover, I took advantage of the opportunity as soon as I got it. Neha, who hails from Uttarakhand, said that she feels empowered and likes her work.