Serbia’s former Ombudsman Sasa Jankovic warned on Wednesday that the deployment of female members of the Cobras military police unit to secure the presidency building had inflicted huge damage on the role of women in the military.
“The damage is huge. The role of women has been tabloidized. They and the military have been abused political for a trick in the daily political game,” Jankovic wrote in an opinion piece for Belgrade daily Danas.
He said the deployment of the women in military police uniforms was “a form of special warfare aimed at portraying political opponents as women beaters or forcing them to withdraw after taking a few selfies”.
He said that some of the women “have the natural desire to prove themselves and some won’t realize that they have been used, that they are continuing the series of events in which the authorities were defended from criticism by female members of the ruling party”.
Jankovic said that the Chief of General Staff is the only person who decides on how the military police (including the Cobras) are used and in this case had to say that there is no reason for the selective deployment of female Cobra personnel.
Jankovic added that it’s normal for women to have the right to join special forces which have a need for them for some missions which they can do better than men.