147 more women officers granted permanent commission in Indian Army, overall number jumps to 424
147 more women officers have been granted Permanent Commission (PC), taking total PC granted to 424 out of 615 officers considered.
Issuing a statement, the Indian Army said that the results of few women officers were withheld for administrative reasons.
“Results of few Women Officers withheld for administrative reasons and awaiting the outcome of clarification petition filed by UOI in the Supreme Court,” it said.
All Women Officers granted PC would undergo special training courses and challenging military assignments to empower them for higher leadership roles in the Indian Army, a PIB release said, adding that a batch of 33 women officers has already completed the mid-level tactical orientation course from Army War College, Mhow recently.
Supreme Court granted a permanent commission to women in 2020
In a landmark judgment on 17 February 2020, the Supreme Court granted a permanent commission to women officers irrespective of their number of years of service.
Women Short Service Commission (SSC) officers in the Indian Army had to fight a long battle to seek parity with their male counterparts for permanent commission.
Engaged in lengthy litigation since 2003, sixty women officers had moved the top court stating that they were denied PC in the Army on the ground of failure to adhere to Shape- I fitness.
In March 2021, the Supreme Court slammed the Indian Army saying “the structures of our society have been created by males for males” and “equality will be a farce” if change does not occur and women get equal opportunity.
Defence Ministry, Army failed to implement Delhi HC’s 2010 verdict: SC
It further directed the Union government to consider granting permanent commission to women army officers within a month and allow PC within 2 months after following due process.
In the landmark February verdict, a bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud held that the Army’s selective ACR evaluation and late implementation of the Shape 1 criterion discriminates and disproportionately affects women officers.
The top court further criticized the Army for indirectly discriminating against women short service commission officers by denying them PC and gave examples of women officers who brought laurels for the country in different fields but were ignored.
The court did not mince words while pointing out that both the Defence Ministry and the Army failed to implement the Delhi High Court’s 2010 verdict on permanent commission.