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SC orders: Women can give NDA exam, says ‘Mindset Problem’

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: A bench of Justices SK Kaul, Hrishikesh Roy slammed the army for its “persistent gender discrimination”. Senior advocate Aishwarya Bhati had said in the court that training is different for boys and girls. Women are yet to be recruited into combat forces in the Army and are recruited in only 10 non-combat streams. In such a situation, it is not possible to give them admission in RIMC.

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The Supreme Court has today allowed girls to appear in the NDA exam. In fact, even after the decision of the government, a public interest litigation was being heard in the Supreme Court on Wednesday for not giving admission to girls in Sainik School and Indian Military College (RIMC), in which this decision has been taken. The exam is to be held on 08 September.

Sainik schools have started taking girls on a pilot basis since last year. On August 15, Prime Minister Modi has also announced from the Red Fort that girls will be given admission in Sainik Schools, but it is not possible for girls to get admission in Indian Military College. The army says that training for boys and girls is different. Women are yet to be recruited into combat forces in the Army and are recruited in only 10 non-combat streams.

Arguing for not giving admission to girls in RIMC, Senior Advocate Aishwarya Bhati told the court, “At present we are not in a position to take girls in RIMC. It is 100 years old school. NDA exam for RIMC students It is mandatory. They have a separate board. It is the feeder cadre of NDA and is related to the issue of women’s entry in NDA.”

To this, Justice Kaul said, “You say RIMC is 100 years old, so you are supporting 100 years of gender discrimination? We have already allowed girls to enter NDA through an interim order.” Responding to this, Bhati said that RIMC students have to compulsorily join NDA. They give admission to the students of class 8, they are specially trained. If girls want to join it, they will have to drop out of regular schooling.

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Supreme Court slams Army for not admitting women in NDA, Sainik Schools, RIMC. The court said, “You are forcing the judiciary to order on this matter. It is better that you (Army) prepare guidelines for this yourself. We are allowing those girls who have appeared in the NDA exam. Knocked on the door of the court.”

SC has now allowed girls to take NDA exam as an ‘interim measure’. The issue of girls’ admission in NDA will be considered on 05 September to make a detailed policy.

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