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Karnataka’s first woman BSF officer in Punjab, with M’luru roots

Mangalore Today News Network

Mangaluru, Mar 31, 2018: Spoorthi Bhat, closely connected with Mangaluru, has become the first woman assistant commandant to be inducted into the Border Security Force from Karnataka, is all set to take up her first assignment. She’ll be posted to the frontier areas of Punjab.

It took Spoorthi two years in the IT sector to realise her passion was for the armed forces. She took the plunge after her father K Balasubramanya Bhat, IRS (retired) and sister Prashasthi Bhat supported her.

“I didn’t want to be cheap labour for a foreign country. That’s when I decided to take the road less travelled. The satisfaction of serving in the forces and the charm of the uniform are beyond explanation,” Spoorthi said.

She’s the second woman officer in the BSF and wants to create a conducive atmosphere for women. “It’s a male-dominated bastion. Though there are facilities for women, I feel an infrastructural facelift is required. The current situation is understandable as we serve in remote areas. I’d like to take this up on priority,” she said, adding that she’ll be familiar with the ground reality after she joins her unit in Gurdaspur.

Her advice to youth: If you’re interested in something, push yourself, go beyond your limits and you’ll be successful.