‘It has affected my honor’: Women are fighting for equal treatment with the Indian Army Global development

NEdhi Rao * has 13 years of experience in the Indian Army’s communications sector. Now she is looking for a job online and she doesn’t know where to start. “I am suffering from an epidemic, without any financial protection.”

When Rao joined the army, the women officers were given a five-year contract, after which they could get another five-year extension. Unlike men, they were not offered permanent employment. Later, the initial term of the commission was increased to 10 years, which could be extended for another four years.

When men retired with pensions and other benefits, women never reached the length of 20 years of pensionable service and remained outside the senior ranks.

In 2010, after A group of female officers took their case to courtWomen were ordered to be treated as equal to men, but the Indian government challenged the order and refused to comply. After a decade-long legal battle, the Supreme Court of India in February last year The situation was ruled by discrimination And awarded women permanent status and military pensions.

The women formed a board divided into categories. Persons with 14 or more years of service were given either a Permanent Commission (PC) or the option to retire with a pension. Persons with 10-14 years of service were selected for permanent posts or released from the army without pension.

In November, the military announced it 422 out of 615 women Was selected for permanent jobs. Rao was not among them. She says her service letter included 68 women who left without a pension.

“Most of us are in our late 30’s and are married and have children. Some are expecting children. Some people couldn’t plan because of job insecurity,” he said. That after serving this company for more than a decade, they are asking us to resume our career in Quid Hit Market, at this age, who will hire us? Where should we go? “

Anjali Sinha, another victim soldier, said: “When I got pregnant, they told me to run 5km and I did. When I was born, I was back within a week. Fearing to be reunited. I have worked in some of the most difficult areas of the country, working with a helpless husband and family. And for whom?

Sinha is in the 11th year of his service. She says: “I was considered fit until a few months ago. But now that I am demanding a PC, I have been disqualified. More than anything, it has tarnished my image.” I am inquiring every day at my own cost.

Claim of female officers Lack of transparency In the selection process and let’s say the right number of PCs can be less than the claims of the army.

Prakash Patil, an Army veteran, says women undergo military training in the same way as men, but while most male officers get permanent roles and offer career advancement, most women have to give up. Is.

“When women first joined the army in 1992, they were praised,” he says. “Newspapers published their interviews and compared them to women fighters of the past. But he was opposed to many in the military, who could not stand the influx of women alone. So, at every stage, women were made to prove themselves.

Rao says that once she was living in a tent in the desert with her child, and on another occasion she was under extreme pressure from her seniors to move to another place, although she was more at risk. Was in the final stages of diagnosis.

Sinha says: “Men are always mocking us on maternity leave. And ironically, the same men are again taking two-year breaks for special courses.

Patil says that when male officers choose permanent roles, they can choose to pursue advanced technical courses. But women are deprived of the opportunity to pursue a degree that reduces their chances of returning to the job market.

In September, Patil wrote a letter to the President of India, Ram Nath Kavand, asking the authorities to give 68 women permanent status or pensions, or help them to pursue higher degrees. He has not received an answer. “Which organization in the world takes 14 years for a person to make a decision?” they say. “You can’t just leave women in their twilight years.”

Lawyer Rakesh Kumar represents some of the 68 victims. “These women have been subjected to gender bias in policy. Furthermore, there is no reasonable basis for separating people who have completed 14 years. “They should be allowed to serve at least 20 years.”

Rao and Sinha believe that keeping women away from uniforms is a deliberate ploy. There are about 1,500 women in the Indian Army, less than 4% of the total strength. They are still there Combat characters are banned.

“Most of the talented women among us have been left out,” says Sinha. “Most are perfectly fit and there are no disciplinary cases against us. We have international shooters, bikers, and climbers who have represented India abroad and won medals for their work. Will they command in the future?” Were you so scared of us after eating the posts?

* Name Has been changed.

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