Mahila Battalion CRPF – Special Cover 2011.
The CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) was established as Crown Representative’s Force on 27 Jul 1939 and it became CRPF after enactment of CRPF act on 28 Dec 1949. It is today the largest of India’s Central Armed Police Forces. Besides Internal Security, Law & Order, Counter Insurgency Role, Duty during elections CRPF contingents have now been deployed in UN Missions also.
CRPF Mahila Battalion – The First Mahila (Women’s) CRPF battalion was raised in 1986 at Delhi as 88(Mahila) Battalion CRPF. Besides other roles and deployment the 88 Mahila Battalion was also deployed in Sri Lanka as Part of IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force) between 1987-1990. Two other Mahila battalions have been raised subsequently namely 13 (M) Battalion and 213 (M) Battalion. Besides this one team in a RAF (Rapid Action Force) company is composed of Women Personnel. 88 Mahila Battalion has the distinction of being the World’s First Armed Women Paramilitary Battalion.
A Special Cover was released in New Delhi on 08 Mar 2011 (International Women’s Day) to commemorate Silver Jubilee Year (1986-2011) of 88 ( Mahila) Battalion CRPF.