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Male troops will not accept female commanders: Government to SC | India News

NEW DELHI: The Center has told the Supreme Court that women may not be eligible for command posts in the Army since male troops are not yet prepared to accept official women. He also cited greater family demands and the danger of being taken prisoners of war to oppose the plea of ​​some female officers to the command post after obtaining a permanent commission.
“The composition of men and women was predominantly male, and predominantly from the rural environment, with prevailing social norms, the troops are not yet mentally educated to accept women in command,” he said.

He also said that male and female officers cannot be treated in tandem with publications due to their different physical standards and exposures, and reservations about exposing female officers to combat situations.
Principal lawyer R Balasubramanian and lawyer Neela Gokhale told judges D Y Chandrachud and Ajay Rastogi that inducing women to such positions would change the dynamics of the armed forces. They argued that the physiological limitation is further accentuated by the “challenges of childbirth, motherhood and childcare.”
Opposing the Center’s plea, Meenakshi Lekhi and Aishwarya Bhatti, representing the official women, told the court that many of them showed exceptional bravery in adverse situations. They informed the court that it was Minty Agarwal who, as a flight controller, had guided the wing commander Abhinandan when he shot down a Pakistani F-16 for which he received the Yudh Seva Medal. Earlier, Mitali Madhumita received the Sena Medal for her bravery when the terrorists attacked the Indian embassy in Kabul.
But the Center said that the armed forces require sacrifices and commitments beyond the call of duty of the entire family of service personnel that involves separation and frequent transfers, which affects the education of the children and the career prospects of the spouse . “… it is a major challenge for official women to face these service risks due to prolonged absence during pregnancy, maternity and domestic obligations towards their children and families, especially when both husband and wife are service officers “, said. .
Balasubramanian told the court that the Center agrees with the permanent commission to the official women who have served up to 14 years in the Army but not above that. He said that those over 14 years of service would be allowed to serve up to 20 years without a PC and the last 20 years of service would be released with retirement benefits.
He said that all aspects were considered by the Center when formulating a policy, such as national security and operational effectiveness, and that it was difficult to allow women officers in command posts. He said it would be a situation of extreme physical, mental and psychological stress for the organization and the government if an official woman took PoW, and it is better to avoid it by moving her away from direct combat.
“It is likely that future wars will be short, intense and lethal, in addition to being processed on short notice. The boundaries between conventional and counterinsurgent / terrorist operations have blurred in the current hybrid nature of the war. The nonlinear battlefield has returned to the back areas as vulnerable as the battlefront. Therefore, the induction of female officers in the Indian army, until now a male stronghold, must be seen in the perspective of a changing environment on the battlefield, ”he said.
“Officers are expected to lead their men from the front and be in excellent physical condition to undertake combat tasks. The inherent physiological differences between men and women impede the same physical performance, resulting in lower physical standards and, therefore, the physical capacity of official women remains a challenge for command of the units, ”said the government. .
But the bank also hinted that the complete ban against female officers to occupy command posts was not correct and that the Army should allow them according to the requirements and suitability of the organization.
The court said there was resistance when women were recruited into the police force, but they are doing extremely well. “A change of mindset with changing times is required. You must give them the opportunity and they will serve the best they can, ”said the bank.

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