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The woman keeping pace with men in the Bangladesh army

16 April 2012 Last updated at 10:43 BST

Ten years ago Bangladesh became one of the few Muslim countries in the world to let women join the army.

Major Nashra Afroze obtained a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in 2003.

Today she is one of the few women officers serving in a frontline unit.

As an officer in the 8th Field Regiment Artillery all the troops in her command are men.

BBC Bengali's Sabir Mustafa reports.