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SG Tushar Mehta Clarifies Centre’s Stance On Employment Of Women In Army In SC

Lawstreet Journal 6 Feb 2020 9:32pm

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Responding to the news article on employment of women in the Indian Army, published in an English newspaper on arguments presented in the Supreme Court on 4 February, 2020, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on 5 February, 2020 clarified that government in no way meant that men cannot take commands from women officers. “The Centre in no way was trying to advance the argument that men cannot take commands from women. Unfortunately that is what was reported,” said clarifying his stance.

With regard to appointment of women as commanding officers, a written note submitted on behalf of the Ministry of Defence states that male officers may not be willing to take orders from female officers. A bench comprising of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Ajay Rastogi made this observation while hearing a petition for permanent commission for women in the Army. 

Justice Chandrachud while agreeing with Mehta observed that the arguments were taken out of context and there was more to it than what the newspaper picked up. “I was surprised with the news today. I think this Bench agrees with that”, stated Justice Chandrachud.

“In my opinion, women must not strive to be equal to men. They are in fact above men in all respects and better than men,” Mehta concluded.

The centre has told the Apex Court “motherhood, child care, psychological limitations” are important factors that are taken into consideration on the issue of employing women in the Army.Mehta argued that lower physical standards of women, composition of units that are entirely male mostly from rural… Continue Reading...

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