New Delhi: Shiv Sena on Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court’s judgement granting permanent commission to women officers in the Army, criticising its former ally BJP, which is in power at the Centre, over its ‘regressive views,’ saying that the order had shocked the government. Also Read - ‘Historic Decision’: Rajnath Singh on SC Ruling For Permanent Commission of Women in Army
In a landmark judgement on Monday, the Supreme Court had upheld the 2010 judgement by the Delhi High Court granting permanent commissions to women officers. The Centre had moved the apex court against it, arguing that ‘troops won’t find it acceptable to take orders from women officers.’ Also Read - Congress Leaders Hail Supreme Court For Announcing Permanent Commission For Women in Army
In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana, the party said, “The Supreme Court’s judgement has shocked the government which had argued that women can’t be made commanding officers as enemy nations could take advantage of this.” Also Read - 'Mindset Must Change', SC Pulls up Centre, Asks it to Grant Permanent Commission to Women in Army
“The government also questioned whether women could do hard tasks. This is the real attitude of the government which talks of progressiveness,” the editorial added.
The editorial further stated that there cannot be any discrimination between men and women when it comes to valour and sacrifice.
Hailing former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the editorial sought to remind the government that it was under her command that India comprehensively defeated Pakistan in the 1971 war.
Calling the government ‘mad,’ the article further said, “One day, a woman will become the chief of the armed forces as well.’
A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and Ajay Rastogi, had chastised the government for its ‘regressive stand,’ directing it to implement the court’s order within a period of three months.