Indian navy inducting women sailors
Indian navy inducting women sailors
On Tuesday, the central government told Delhi High Court that it was a policy decision to not induct women in those naval branches which have mandatory sea-time for promotion to the next rank, as per reports

Petition accusing Navy of discrimination

The Centre’s remarks came in response to a petition filed in the High Court, accusing the Indian Navy of ‘institutional discrimination’. The petition mentioned how the Navy is depriving women the right to serve in its general service cadre on par with men. The Centre filed the submission in the form of an affidavit. The government also informed the bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice VK Rao that the general service cadres comprising the executive, engineering, and electrical branches of the Navy are sea-going.

The officers, inducted into these cadres, are suppose to man and operate ships as their basic job. These officers, on a compulsory basis, are also required to undergo extensive sea training onboard ships, followed by extended tenures on the vessels.

Plea calls out violation of fundamental rights 

“Sea-time is also mandatory to make officers eligible for promotion to the next rank,” said the government affidavit. It also added that the non-induction of women into these branches was purely a policy decision.

The Centre factually pointed out how since 1992, more women have been recruited into education, logistics and law branches of the Navy. “The induction of women officers into the Navy has been incremental, graduated, and progressive,” said the affidavit.

Lawyer Kush Kalra had filed the public interest litigation, accusing the Navy on various grounds of discrimination. The plea alleged that this kind of gender discrimination straightaway violates fundamental rights. Kalra mentioned all kinds of fundamental rights in his plea, in relation to this case, which included equality, equality of opportunity in public employment, right to practise any profession and occupation, and human rights of women.

The plea also said Navy’s notification to recruit only men in the general service cadres under the university entry scheme, while barring entry of women candidates, should be declared void.

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