New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday ordered that women officers be given permanent commission in the Army, making them eligible for command posting.
The Army traditionally opposed permanent commission or a long-term career for women, citing poor infrastructure and possible disciplinary complications.
The court observed that the government’s arguments were based on “sex stereotypes” which discriminate against women. It added that the court’s reliance on the “inherent physiological differences between men and women” rested in a “deeply entrenched stereotypical and constitutionally flawed notion that women are the weaker sex”.
The court granted the Centre three months to implement its order.
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