The Shiv Sena on Wednesday described the Supreme Court’s direction to the government to supply everlasting commission to women officers in the army as “historic” and criticised the Centre for its “regressive” stand of opposing command postings for women.
An editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ termed the Supreme Court order on Monday as the victory of “women power” and stated that when it comes to valour and sacrifice, one cannot discriminate between man and woman.
The government had adversarial ladies being appointed to pinnacle roles such as colonels and brigadiers, announcing most soldiers have been men from rural backgrounds who have been not “mentally schooled to take delivery of women officers in command”.
The government also argued that guys and female officers had been physically different and could not be treated equally.
The top court rebuked the government, describing its views as “disturbing” and advised “the need for trade in mindsets to deliver about actual equality in the army”.
“The courtroom [decision] gave a shock to the government. The government’s contention is a direct insult of female as it said that female won’t be given ‘command postings’ due to the fact enemy nations could take benefit of it. It had also puzzled whether or not women would be capable to do such tough task. This is the actual attitude of the government which talks of progressiveness however its moves are regressive,” the editorial said.
The Sena remarked that the Central government was susceptible in history and listed out women’s function in battles and wars in India. It said has the authorities forgotten the roles of Rani Laxmibai, Rani [Kittur] Chennamma, Rajaram Mohun Roy’s wife Maharani Tarabai, Captain Lakshmi Sehgal in Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army.
“Indira Gandhi was the top minister of India and led the united states fearlessly. We received the 1971 war [against Pakistan] underneath her leadership. Therefore, the government’s stand that girls are lesser in ability than men is now not acceptable to anybody,” it said.
“There is no doubt that one day ladies will lead the effective Indian Army. The supreme court selection is historic,” the editorial said.