The Supreme Court has ordered the government to ensure that all women officers are given permanent commission (PC) in the Indian Army.
According to the historic judgment, the permanent commission will apply to all women officers serving in the Army, irrespective of their years of service.
The Supreme Court has also directed the Centre to grant permanent commission within three months to all women officers in Army who opt for it.
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The apex court, while referring to Centre’s opposition to permanent commission to women officers on grounds of physiological features, observed that it perpetuates gender stereotypes and therefore the mindset should be changed.
It said, “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.” Supreme Court Judge Justice DY Chandrachud said, “Soldiers must have the physical capability to do one’s role. Women in the Army is an evolutionary process.”
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