A group of women are performing rescue operations in the most difficult circumstances as the situation in Assam remains dire, shattering all stereotypes


While Assam’s usual way of life continues to be severely disrupted by floods, landslides, and heavy rains, a group of ladies are risking their lives to save others who are trapped in the river.

The group, also known as the Rifle Women, has been operating in the Cachar district to help the locals while putting their lives in danger.

One of the areas most severely affected by the Assam floods is the Cachar district, where 3 lakh people have been impacted and 25 people have died.

In Assam, meanwhile, 149 people have died and more than 1 crore people have been affected. For numerous days in a row, the Kapili, Beki, Barak, and Kushiyari rivers have been flowing above the danger threshold.

Nevertheless, despite the floods in Tapang, Cachar, women have defied gender norms and triumphed in even the most trying situations.

“I am 22 years old and a native of Assamese Dhubri. I’m an honorary Rifle Woman. We underwent a really demanding training. We had to run 25 kilometres each morning while toting at least 22 kg, according to Rifle Woman Manti Das.

“Anyone caught cheating during training must repeat. For the first full month, all mobile connectivity options are denied to us. Because the training was growing harder every day, there were occasions when I just wanted to give up. But now that I have the opportunity to assist others in the state who have been so severely hit by floods, I can see how my training is beneficial,” Das continued.

The Rifle Women’s assistance also brings relief to the villagers who were trapped by floodwaters.

“The main town of Silchar is completely shut off from us. Floods have destroyed our house, our place of business, the entire community, and even the routes leading to the major cities. In the past 15 days, this is the first sign of alleviation. Last 15 days were spent completely starving, “According to a resident from the Tapan Gaon panchayat.

Since the past 15 days, the region has been cut off from Silchar’s main town.

The rescuers share their pride in their efforts as well as the concerns their parents had before they joined as Rifle Woman.

“Many moms may have been concerned that their daughter might be chosen for the Indian Army. But I have a lot of support from my folks. Another Rifle woman, Yatir Puying, stated, “I am the first girl from my village to be in the Army.