Army’s evaluation criteria to grant permanent commission for women officers ‘arbitrary’: Supreme Court

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By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 25, 2021 11:47:15 am

In their petitions, the women army officers have alleged that the directions were not being complied with in "letter and spirit", news agency PTI reported.

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Central government to allow permanent commission (PC) to women officers in the Indian Army and Navy who were excluded from the same on the ground of fitness standards. “The question of evaluating on inter-se-merit does not arise. Officers will be considered for permanent commission subject to disciplinary and vigilance clearance,” the apex court added.

“Superficial face of equality will not be in consonance with the principles enshrined in the Constitution,” the apex court said, Bar & Bench reported. The court also noted that trials and tribulations of army life become more difficult when society gives women the responsibility of child care and domestic work too.

The Supreme Court was hearing a batch of petitions filed by 80 women officers for Permanent Commission in the Indian Army and Navy, seeking a direction that contempt proceedings be initiated against those who had allegedly failed in their duty to comply with the top court’s earlier judgment.

In their petitions, the women army officers have alleged that the directions were not being complied with in “letter and spirit”, news agency PTI reported.

In February 2020, the Supreme Court allowed women officers in the Army to be eligible for command positions on par with male officers, asserting that the government’s arguments against it were “discriminatory”, “disturbing,” and based on stereotype. The court also said Permanent Commission would be available to all women, regardless of their years of service.

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