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    ‘Mindset Must Change’: SC Orders Army To Provide Permanent Commission To Women

    The apex court asserted that the government's arguments against it were "discriminatory", "disturbing," and based on "gender stereotypes"

    In a historic judgment, the Supreme Court on February 17th, 2020 has ordered the Centre to ensure that women officers are given permanent commission (PC) on par with male officers in the India Army. The women officers will be now eligible for command posting.

    The apex court asserted that the government’s arguments against it were “discriminatory”, “disturbing,” and based on “gender stereotypes”.

    “Physiological features of women have no link to their rights. The mindset must change. It is an insult to women as well as the army when aspersions are cast on women, their ability and their achievements in the army,” the top court observed.

    The Supreme Court added that all terms of appointments of women officers shall be the same as their male counterparts. The judgment has to be implemented within three months.

    Earlier, the Centre opposed permanent commission to women officers citing physiological features. “Denying permanent commission to women on the ground that they have over 14 years service is a travesty of Justice. The policy must apply equally to all women officers, regardless of years of service,” the apex court observed, Live Law reported.

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