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SC gives nod to permanent commission to women in Navy

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The Supreme Court today in a landmark ruling said that both male and female officers should be treated equally paving way for the permanent commission to serving women in the Indian Navy.

The Court directed the Centre to grant permanent commission to serving officers in Navy within three months with increments.

The order came a few days after the apex court had ruled in favour of permanent commission for women in the army.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Ajay Rastogi observed that denial of permanent commission to SSC women in the Indian Navy who have served the nation would result in a serious miscarriage of justice.

The top court rejected the government’s contention that sea sailing duties cannot be granted to SSC women officers in the Navy because Russian vessels do not have washrooms for them.

The bench further said that women can sail with the same efficiency as male officers and there should be no discrimination.

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