Thursday, August 10, 2017

An April Fool's joke in August?

Can it really be that the Indian Armed does not permit married women to serve as judge advocates? So it seems, judging by this excerpt from The Indian Express:
Not recruiting married women in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) arm of the Indian Army amounts to “hostile and 100 per cent discrimination”, the Delhi High Court said on Thursday. The observation by a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar was made during the hearing of a PIL by a lawyer claiming that there was institutionalised discrimination against married women by not inducting them in the JAG service. 
The court also questioned the government about the logic behind “ousting married women” from the JAG, the legal branch of the Army. “Today, women are fighter pilots and you say they (married women) are not fit for the JAG. What is the logic behind ousting married women? That is hostile discrimination. It is 100 per cent discrimination,” the bench said. 
Advocate Charu Wali Khanna, appearing for the petitioner, said that unmarried women after joining the JAG were not allowed to marry. To this, the central government standing counsel Kirtiman Singh said the bar applied to unmarried men and women only during the nine to ten-month training period.

1 comment:

  1. What has appeared in news paper is half truth. The terms and conditions of training for those desirous of joining JAG branch (men and women) are as follows.
    (a) Selected candidates will be detailed for training at OTA, Chennai according to their position in the final order of merit, up to the number of vacancies available at the time
    (c) Candidates will neither be allowed to marry during the period of training nor will He/she be allowed to live with parents/Guardians. Candidates must not marry until they complete the full training at the Officers Training Academy. A candidate, who marries subsequent to the date of his/her application, though successful at the Services Selection Board interview or medical examination, will not be inducted for training. A candidate if he/she marries, while under training, shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him/her by the government.
    The details are available at
    Wg Cdr U C Jha (Retd)


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