How women Army officers fought for their full job benefits

Written by Krishn Kaushik
, Ankita Dwivedi Johri

Updated: February 23, 2020 10:55:30 am

Women officers, all petitioners, celebrate with lawyer Meenkashi Lekhi after the SC order. (Photo: Abhinav Saha)

I remember my first posting clearly. It was a unit of 700-800 men. I was the only woman officer. There weren’t even toilets for women, and I would walk long distances to find one. I was always late because of it and would get pulled up. I couldn’t talk to anyone,” recalls a 1996-batch Lieutenant Colonel. “But it was the ’90s, a difficult time for career women, not just in the forces. The male officers had never worked with women. They lacked sensitivity, had prejudices… It was like opening the doors of your home to a new person.”

Twenty-three years later, that door stands thrown wide open, thanks to her and 14 others who were among the first petitioners seeking permanent commission (PC) for women in the Army. By the time the case came to the Supreme Court, the total number of petitioners had crossed 100.

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On February 17, the apex court ruled in their favour, directing that women Army officers, serving under Short Service Commission (SSC) be considered for PC, and command posts…

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