Supreme Court on command role for women in Army: Will, mindset needed

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

Updated: February 6, 2020 8:47:27 am

The Centre had in February 2019 drawn up a policy to grant permanent commission to women officers on SSC, but this was to apply only prospectively.

“If you have the will and the mindset, things can change,” the Supreme Court said on Wednesday on challenges to granting commanding roles to women in the Army.

Arguing a matter on granting permanent commission to women in the Army before a bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Ajay Rastogi on Tuesday, the Centre’s counsel had sought to highlight the difficulties in giving “Command Appointments” for women.

One of the reasons cited was that given the current composition of the troops and their background, they are “not yet mentally schooled to accept WOs (Woman Officers) in command of units”.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta tried to clarify things on Wednesday and said the Centre was not in any way trying to advance the argument that male officers cannot take orders from women counterparts.

Taking note, the bench wound up the hearing and reserved its order on the Centre’s appeal against the March 2010 order of Delhi High Court, directing the government to give permanent commission to women Army officers on Short Service Commission…

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