New Delhi: Hours after the Supreme Court ordered that the permanent commission will apply to all women officers in the Indian Army in service, irrespective of their years of service, a host of Congress leaders hailed the ruling of the top court and said the Central government had opposed the idea earlier. The Congress leaders also stressed the need to change the mindset to end gender discrimination.Also Read - 'Mindset Must Change', SC Pulls up Centre, Asks it to Grant Permanent Commission to Women in Army
Taking to Twitter, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi congratulated women for standing up and proving the BJP wrong.
“The government disrespected every Indian woman, by arguing in the SC that women Army officers didn’t deserve command posts or permanent service because they were inferior to men. I congratulate India’s women for standing up and proving the BJP government wrong,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.
Appreciating the decision of the top court, Priyanka Gandhi said the women of the country have got new wings now.
“The historical verdict by the SC has given new wings to women, and the BJP government, which is against women, has got a befitting reply,” she said.
Earlier in the day, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said despite stiff opposition from the Central government, the Supreme Court approved the permanent commission of women in the army.
“Congratulations to the women power of India. Despite stiff opposition from the Modi government, the Supreme Court approved the permanent commission of women in the army. Modi ji failed to stop the woman from serving Mother India,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the top court bench, headed by Justice DY Chandrachud, said there was no ground to deny women officers permanent commission and gave the Centre three months to implement the order.
While hearing the matter, the apex court said the women officers should also be eligible for command postings in the Indian Army. “It will benefit all Short Service Commission (SSC) women officers. SSC women officers with less than 14 years, as well as beyond 14 years of service will be granted the permanent commission,” the court observed.
The development comes after the Indian Army in April last year had kicked off the process of inducting women as jawans by starting their online registration for recruitment in the corps of military police.