SC: Women will be allowed to sit in NDA exam, criticizes the government’s discriminatory Policy

On Wednesday, Supreme Court Criticized the Indian Army and government for not allowing women to sit in exams which openly promotes gender discrimination. Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati appearing for the government and Indian Army told the court that due to the policies which are in place, denies women to give NDA exams. To Aishwarya’s answer Supreme court replied that the “Policy decision” clearly is a gender discrimination.

Women will be allowed to sit in upcoming NDA exam.

On Wednesday Supreme Court Criticized the Indian Army and government for not allowing women to sit in exams which openly promotes gender discrimination. Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati appearing for the government and Indian Army told the court that due to the policies which are in place, denies women to give NDA exams. To Aishwarya’s answer Supreme court replied that the “Policy decision” clearly is a gender discrimination.

It’s a policy decision which is based on gender discrimination. We direct the Centre and Army to take a constructive view of the matter…,” the bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Hrishikesh Roy said expressing discontent over the matter.

The bench ordered the UPSC to allow Female Candidates to sit for the NDA exams which is to be held on 5th September, but the admissions would happen only after the outcome of the petition. A writ was filed by Kush Kalra who was seeking the permission for the women to sit in NDA exams. The petition clearly raised the issue of violation of articles 14, 15, 16 and 19 of the Constitution of India by denying the opportunity to eligible women candidates to join NDA.

During the hearing the Representative of Centre said “ Women are being granted equal opportunity in the armed forces in the avenues that have been opened up for employment of women. There is no violation of any fundamental right merely on account of the mode of entries available to men and women to join the armed forces.”

After the Additional Solicitor General said that there are currently three ways of entering in the army that are NDA, India military Academy(IMA) and Officers Training Academy(OTA) in which women can join army through two ways except the NDA, after hearing this Supreme Court bench asked why there is only two ways available for the women whereas for men it is three. The SC said “And even if it is a matter of policy, you are allowing women’s entry through two sources. Why should you say the one more additional source of entry is closed for women? It is not just a gender principle but discriminatory otherwise also.”

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