The Chennai Police has its first all-women music band.
Story so far: Until 2015, there was a bagpipe band in the Armed Reserve unit in the city police consisting of men. It was disbanded after the men got transferred to different places. Now, they’ve created a new band of only women playing the bagpipes and drums.
- Formed two months ago, it has 34 policewomen. They were chosen based on their interest in playing instruments and performing at cultural events.
- They were given bagpipes and bespoke uniforms. Their first show was the police medal parade on May 27.
Other states: Other than Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Jharkhand have similar bands.
(Image credits: Screengrab from Greater Chennai Police’s YouTube video)