BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Women officers in the army will now be given permanent commission (PC). They will now be eligible for command posting.
In its verdict on the Centre’s appeal against the Delhi High Court direction, the Supreme Court on Monday said the permanent commission will apply to all women officers in the army in service, irrespective of their years of service. The Supreme Court also directed the Centre to follow its order within three months. The SC added that all terms of appointments of women officers shall be same as their male counterparts.
Rejecting the Centre’s opposition to permanent commission to women officers citing physiological features, the Supreme Court said this mindset must change as it perpetuates “gender stereotypes”.
“It is an insult to women as well as the army when aspersions are cast on women, their ability and their achievements in the army,” the Supreme Court noted.
The Supreme Court said Centre’s opposition to permanent commission and command appointments to women officers citing physiological features is disturbing and can’t be accepted. “Centre, by not giving permanent commission to women officers, had prejudiced the case,” the SC noted.
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