For the first time women personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) who have to face riotous mobs will soon get full body protective gear that fits them. This full body protector has been designed by team of scientists of Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), a unit of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It will be now provided to around 300 women CRPF personnel who have been posted in Srinagar to control stone-pelting incidents.
Features of this Gear
It covers all soft parts of human body such as rib-cage, back of the arm, inner calf, thigh and groin area of females deployed in riot control. Its designs ensure protection of vital organs of women. It is also anti-stab, anti-acid. It usage will help to increase efficiency of women. It weighs around 6 kg and provides ease of operation and also better mobility. This full body protector will be used by around 8,000 women deployed in the anti-riot Rapid Action Force (RAF). The CRPF will also use around 9,000 such pieces.
Since Independence, the women personnel had to compromise with bulky, oversized body protectors designed for men. The idea for gender- specific protective gears was first mooted at National Conference for Women in 2016.
About Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS)
It is defence laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is organised under Life Sciences Directorate of DRDO. It was established in 1962 and is located in New Delhi. It conducts biomedical and physiological research to improve human performance in extreme and wartime environments.