Supreme Court Grants Permanent Commission To Women Officers In Navy
The Supreme Court of India has granted permanent commission to women officers in the Indian Navy, saying that “women can sail with the same efficiency as male officers and there should be no discrimination.”
A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud noted that both male and female officers should be treated equally and directed the government to grant permanent commission to serving women officer in Navy within three months.
The apex court said that it is ‘grave injustice’ to deny of permanent commission to Short Service Commission (SSC) women in Navy, who have served the nation.
The order comes exactly a month after its February verdict that allowed a permanent commission to women in the Indian Army.
Noting that women officers are also eligible for command posting, the Supreme Court had directed the central government to grant permanent commission to all women officers in the Indian Army within three months. It said that there will not be any absolute bar on giving them command postings.
A permanent commission entitles an officer to serve in the force till he/she retires unlike SSC, which is currently for 10 years and can be extended by four more years, or a total of 14 years.
The bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud had said that women officers in the past have brought laurels to the country and change of mindset is required on the part of the government to put an end to gender bias in armed forces.
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