The Supreme Court has termed the process of giving permanent commission to women officers in the army discriminatory. Today, the Supreme Court said this while hearing a petition related to the demand of permanent commission in the army of women SSC officers. The court has said that the Army’s annual confidential report (ACR) assessment process is flawed and discriminatory.
The Supreme Court has further held that the ACR ignores the achievements made by women officers for the Indian Army. A bench headed by Judge DY Chandrachud in the Supreme Court held that the manner in which the evaluation process of women officers has been done does not address the concerns related to gender discrimination. The court has also termed the medical fitness criteria set for women officers as irrational and arbitrary.
SC begins to pronounce its verdict on a batch of petitions filed by women officers for permanent commission in Indian Army & Navy, seeking a direction that contempt proceedings be initiated against those who had allegedly failed in their duty to comply with SC's earlier judgement
— ANI (@ANI) March 25, 2021
The Supreme Court hearing the petition has directed that the permanent commission to the women officers be considered within a month and within two months they should be given a permanent commission. The court further said that there can be no judicial review of the criteria adopted by the army.
This petition was filed on behalf of 17 women officers of the Indian Army. In which it was said that despite the Supreme Court’s decision, the Army has not yet provided 50 per cent Permanent Commission (PC) to women officers. The Supreme Court had given instructions to give permanent commission to women officers in the army in the month of February last year itself.