Supreme Court rejects Centre’s plea to postpone girls’ entry in NDA for next session

NEW DELHI: The supreme court said women should be allowed to take the National Defence Academy (NDA) exams this year, after rejecting the plea of the Centre to not start the admission until next year.

We gave hope to the girls. We cannot deny them that hope now,” emphasized the judges.

There was too little time to let women take the exams this year, the government had told the court. Justice S K Kaul and BR Gavai explained “If they appear in exams in May 2022 then the intake will take place in January 2023. We cannot delay things by a year.” 

Earlier this month the Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, representing the Centre had proclaimed, “It is a delight to share this. Women will be admitted in the NDA.”

This was after a petition in the court underlined a “mindset problem” and “gender discrimination” in the armed forces recruitment and went on to argue that the exclusion of eligible women from NDA is unconstitutional, as it discriminates on just the sex.

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