SC allows permanent commission to women army officers

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said that women officers must be considered for permanent commission (PC) subject to disciplinary and vigilance clearance.

The court passed the order while hearing a plea from women Army officers who were rejected for permanent commission.

A bench headed by Justice Dr D Y Chandrahud said, “We allow these petitions with a number of directions. Officers will be considered for permanent commission subject to disciplinary and vigilance clearance.”

“This shall continue and they shall avail all benefits,” it further said, disposing off the writ petition.

The apex court also made strong observations about the Army’s evaluation criteria to grant permanent commission to officers, calling it ‘arbitrary and irrational’.

“The evaluation criteria adopted by Army constitutes systemic discrimination of women… The criteria requiring them to match the lowest merit of the male officer and requirement to be in SHAPE-1 criteria disproportionately affects women,” the bench said.

“A career in the army comes with many trials. It becomes more difficult when the society puts responsibility of childcare and domestic work on women,” the court said and however added that there can be no judicial review of standards adopted by the Army.

 

NT Bureau