Taking a strong stand against gender equality when it comes to fighting the enemy, India has made it very clear that it has no proposal to induct women in combat roles in the army, navy and the air force, including fighter pilots.
"There is no proposal to induct women into combat duties in the defence forces including as fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force," Defence Minister AK Antony told parliament.
"Induction of women in combat duties has not been recommended by the studies carried out by the headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (HQ IDS) in 2006 and high level tri-services committee in 2011" he added.
However, Antony said there was a northward trend in women officers recruitment in the army, navy and air force since 2009.
He said there is no separate fixed sanctioned strength for recruitment of women officers in the armed forces. They are recruited within the overall sanctioned strength of the respective service.
There is also no proposal to launch any special recruitment drive for rural women, he added.
The data provided by Antony to parliament showed an over 67 per cent increase in women officers recruitment in the last three years.
The three services had recruited 219 women officers in 2009, of which 70 were for the army, 24 for the navy and 125 for the air force.
The next year, the defence services recruited a total of 277 women officers -- 93 for the army, 39 for the navy and 145 for the air force.
In 2011, the defence forces had recruited 366 women that year, of which 164 were for the army, 68 for the navy and 134 for the air force.
That year, the total number of women officers in the three services stood at 1055 for the army, 288 for the navy and 936 for the air force.
The number of women officers the previous year (2010) was 999 for army, 191 for navy and 889 for air force. In 2009, there were 1030 women officers in the army, 176 in the navy and 915 in the air force.