"It shouldn't matter but it does,'' she said on NDTV's show Agenda, with some of the female staff of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) as audience members. "The last chief BD Sharma was my batchmate, so why is it strange that I should get his place three years later?''
In a force of 72,000 personnel, there are only about 1000 women. During NDTV's interview, the women listed two main factors that could encourage more of them to join the force which is responsible for securing India's borders with Nepal and Bhutan. Ms Ramasundaram should consider family quarters for women forces at the border and also creches in office, they said.
"Yes, I can identify with these needs," said Ms Ramasundaram, "but we have to keep in mind the objectives of the force first. That has to be the main objective to fulfil....Women in the police cannot be delicate darlings.''
However, Ms Ramasundaram said that one lesson she's learned is to neglect critics and those who think women are under more scrutiny. "I think non-confrontation works best,'' she told NDTV.
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