In a significant ruling the Supreme Court has cleared permanent commission for women in the navy. It firmly maintained that women and men officers should be treated equally.
A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said denying permanent commission to women officers who have served the nation would result in serious miscarriage of justice.
It said there cannot be gender discrimination in granting permanent commission to women officers in the Navy after the statutory bar was lifted by the Centre to allow entry of women.
“Once statutory bar was lifted to allow entry of women officers then male and female officers are to be treated equally in granting permanent commission,” the court said.