Recruiting married persons into JAG expensive: Centre to HC

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 27, 2018 5:00 pm

The high court had earlier asked the Army how it could object to the recruitment of married women in JAG after the display by women fighter pilots and the BSF all-women bikers’ contingent on the Republic Day.

Recruitment of married men and women into the Indian Army’s legal branch, JAG, will be expensive for the Centre as it will have to incur “heavy expenditure” to find replacements for such recruits when they are absent from training due to their marital obligations, the government has claimed in the Delhi High Court.

The submission by the central government has been made in an affidavit filed before a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar which is hearing a lawyer’s PIL that alleged “institutionalised discrimination” against married women by not inducting them into the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Department.

After the petition by lawyer Kush Kalra was filed in May 2016, the Army had come out with a corrigendum in August, 2017, which had said that even married men are barred from recruitment into the JAG service.

The reason behind the Army’s decision, according to the affidavit, was that “if the bar of marriage is removed, it will lead to huge practical difficulties as a result of which very heavy…

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