New Delhi: The Central Government has told the Supreme Court that women are not suitable for the commanding posts in the Army as compared to the male troops. The male troops are not even yet prepared to accept the women officers for the command posts. It was also argued that women won’t be able to cope with the ‘hazards of the service’ like transfers etc because of family obligations and pregnancy breaks. The government was responding to a plea by a few women officers, reported in Times of India.
Addressing a Supreme Court a bench of Justices comprising D.Y. Chandrachud and Ajay Rastogi, senior advocate R. Balasubramanian and lawyer Neela Gokhale said that the induction of women to such command posts would change the dynamics of the armed forces. Meenakshi Lekhi and Aishwarya Bhatti both representing the women officers opposed the central and said that many of them has showed the exceptional bravery and courage in adverse situations. But the centre refused to accept it and said that the armed required a lot of sacrifices and commitment. And in such situations women officers can be affected on their job.
Balasubramanian told the court that the central government is agree to give permanent commission to women officers who had served the army for 14 years. The women served more than 14 years will be permitted to serve till 20 years without the PC and they will be released with the expansionary benefits. The Supreme Court said that when the women officers were inducted in police force they were worried about them but they did extremely well and give their best. The bench said that, “A change of mindset is required with changing times. You need to give them opportunity and they will serve to the best of their capabilities.”