First Women Inspector Generals of CRPF

For the first time in the history of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), two women officers reached the rank of Inspector General (IG).

Who are the two women IGs?

  • Two women officers who were recently promoted to the rank of Inspector General are IG Seema Dhundiya and IG Annie Abraham.
  • While IG Seema Dhundiya will head the Bihar Sector of CRPF, IG Annie Abraham will head the Rapid Action Force (RAF).
  • In 1986, the CRPF became the first Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to induct women in combat.
  • Both Seema Dhundia and Annie Abraham were in the first batch of women officers who were inducted into CRPF in 1987. They had illustrious careers over the years.

About IG Seema Dhundiya

IG Seema Dhundia is known for serving in highly sensitive areas across India. She actively participated in raising 2nd Mahila Battalion of the CRPF. She served as the contingent commander of the first-ever all-female Formed Police Unit (FPU) in the UN Mission in Liberia. Until recently, she was serving as the DIG in the Rapid Action Force (RAF)

About IG Annie Abraham

IG Annie Abraham commanded the all-female FPU in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). She served as the DIG, Intelligence in the Force Headquarters and as DIG, Operations in Kashmir Operations Sector and as DIG CR and Vigilance.

Other notable achievements of the women IGs

IG Seema Dhundiya and IG Annie Abraham received President’s Police Medal for distinguished service, Police Medal for meritorious service and Ati Utkrisht Sewa Padak and other national and international awards.

CRPF’s Mahila Battalions

The Central Reserve Police Force is the only paramilitary force in India to have 6 Mahila Battalions. The first Mahila Battalion of CRPF was raised in 1986 with headquarters at Delhi. It was recognized for its assistance during the Meerut riot during its early days. The all-women battalion was raised to minimise law and order issues caused when policemen responded to agitations involving women.



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