After the Supreme Court on Monday pronounced its verdict on setting up a permanent commission for women in the armed forces, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra welcomed the Supreme Court's order on the permanent commission to all women officers and also took the opportunity to hit out at the BJP-led central government, accusing it of being anti-women.
Calling the Top Court's order 'historic,' the Congress leader also took to her official Twitter handle and stated that the judgment has given 'new wings' to the flight of Indian women.
Priyanka's tweet roughly translates as " The landmark judgment of the Supreme Court has given new wings to the flight of women of the country. Women are capable - in the army, in valor, and water, land, sky. This is the befitting reply to the Modi government, which is opposed to and prejudiced against women's power."
The SC upheld the 2010 Delhi HC judgment to direct that Permanent Commission must be given to all women officers in the Army irrespective of their years of service. The apex court stated that this was necessary to tackle the 'gender discrimination' that took place in the armed forces. Addressing this, the SC bench headed by Justice Chandrachud observed that Centre's argument note for opposing permanent commission and command appointment to women citing physiological features perpetuates "gender stereotypes".
"It is an insult to women as well as the army when aspersions are cast on women, their ability and their achievements in the army," read the SC's order.
Supreme Court says, the permanent commission will apply to all women officers in the Army in service, irrespective of their years of service. Indian Army's Lt. Colonel Seema Singh says, "This is a progressive and historical judgement. Women should be given equal opportunities ". pic.twitter.com/bPnbLkHrD6— ANI (@ANI) February 17, 2020
(With inputs from ANI)