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    After Army, SC Grants Permanent Commission To Women Officers In Navy

    Women officers can sail with the same efficiency as male officers: Supreme Court

    In yet another historic judgement, the Supreme Court on March 17th, 2020 allowed the permanent commission to serving women officers in the Indian Navy in all eligible branches. The apex court also directed the Centre to comply with its order within three months.

    The Supreme Court maintained that men and women officers should be treated equally. “Women officers can sail with the same efficiency as male officers,” the Supreme Court said.

    The top court bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said denying permanent commission to women officers would result in a “serious miscarriage of justice”.

    It may be mentioned, the Supreme Court on February 17th, 2020 has ordered the Centre to ensure that women officers are given permanent commission on par with male officers in the India Army.

    On December 2nd, 2019, Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi – the first naval woman pilot – joined the operational duties at the Kochi naval base. She has been flying the Dornier surveillance aircraft of the Indian Navy.

    In August 2019, Indian Air Force’s Wing Commander S Dhami become the first woman officer in the country to become the Flight Commander of a flying unit.

    Photo credit: rediff.com


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