Supreme Court clears way for permanent commission to women in Indian Navy

Written by Ananthakrishnan G
| New Delhi |

Published: March 18, 2020 2:39:07 am





When granted Permanent Commission, women naval officers can serve till the age of retirement and will be entitled to pension. (File Photo)

“The battle for gender equality is about confronting the battles of the mind,” the Supreme Court said on Tuesday as it held that serving women Short Service Commission officers were entitled to be considered for grant of Permanent Commission in the Indian Navy.

The verdict comes exactly a month after the top court directed the Centre to ensure that women are given Permanent Commission in the Indian Army, including command postings.

When granted Permanent Commission, women naval officers can serve till the age of retirement and will be entitled to pension.

Deciding on a batch of appeals arising from a decision of the Delhi High Court and the Armed Forces Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi, a bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Ajay Rastogi rejected arguments that the current design of mostly Russian-origin ships in the Navy were not sufficient to accommodate women, calling the explanations “devices adopted to justify an action”.

Writing for the bench, Justice Chandrachud said, “History is replete with examples where women have…

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