Friday, October 15, 2021

‘Criterion arbitrary and irrational’: Supreme court gives 2 months to permanent commission to women in army

The Supreme Court has termed the process of giving permanent commission to women officers in the army as discriminatory. On Thursday (25 March 2021), the apex court heard the petition of about 650 women officers of the Short Service Commission. The court said that the assessment criteria adopted for the permanent commission are ‘arbitrary and irrational’.

A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud gave the Army a go at it within two months. Reconsideration instructions lamps. Army’s Annual Confidential Report (ACR) Question on evaluation process Taking it up said that it has many flaws. It was described as a process devised by men for men.

The women officers had approached the court over the permanent commission and related benefits. Said in the petition In spite of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Babita Punia case, an arbitrary limit on medical fitness was imposed. This led to his qualification being ignored beyond 5 or 10 years of service. The court accepted this and said that because of this, many of the best women officers were out of the army.

Significantly, in February 2020, the Supreme Court directed the Center to constitute a permanent commission for women in the army within three months. At that time, the court said that women cannot be discriminated against. The decision came on a petition by the Central Government challenging the Delhi High Court’s March 2010 decision in this regard.

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The Center argued that ‘command post’ responsibility in the army cannot be given to women, because their physical abilities are not worth it and they also have domestic responsibilities. With these reasons, the Center had said that women will not be able to face the challenges of this post. On this, the court said that it is against equality to stop women from coming on the command post.

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