CHURUMURI POLL: Combat roles for women?

Following the brouhaha over Lt. Sushmita Chakraborty's suicide and allegations of gender bias in the Army, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee has today said that "women officers could be considered for combat roles in the future depending on their willingness to undergo hard training".

Questions: Is this damage-control by the UPA government or are women really capable of assuming combat roles on a par with men? Are women really capable of doing any work, or is Mukherjee's move a sign of political correctness running riot? Are women physically built to handle a rifle, face the enemy and fire fearlessly? Or are we making a great and good organisation a hostage of gender equality?

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