In a historic and landmark decision the Supreme supreme court of India has allowed women candidates to appear for the National Defence Academy entrance exam which is to be held on the 5th of September and in doing so, said that it was a policy based on discrimination.
The two judges bench of the Supreme Court comprising of justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Hrishikesh Roy said that admissions will be subject to the final orders of the court.
The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by lawyer Kush Kalra which sought a direction to the concerned authorities to allow eligible female candidates to appear for examination and train at the NDA.
Advocate Kalra said in his plea said that it is not constitutionally justifiable that there is categorical exclusion of eligible female candidates from entering the National Defence Academy simply on the basis of their sex and pointed out the fact that it is in direct violation of Article 14, 15, 16 and 19 of the constitution of India.
In his appeal, he referred to the landmark verdict of February last year in which the apex court had directed that women officers in the Army be granted permanent commission and command postings.
In its defence, the centre told the court that women are being granted equal opportunities in the armed forces and there are no violations of the fundamental right.
The Additional Solicitor General appearing on behalf of the centre said there are three modes of entry in the Army- NDA, Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) and that women are permitted entry through OTA and IMA. to which the bench asked, “and even if it is a matter of policy, you are allowing women’s entry through two sources. Why should you say the one more additional source of entry is closed for women? It is not just a gender principle but discriminatory otherwise also.”
Recently on 15th August PM Modi announced from the ramparts of Red Fort in Delhi that Sainik Schools which prepare boys for NDA and defence forces exams will be now opened for girls too.