Women now allowed to join NDA
GS Paper - 1 (Society)
The Centre informed the Supreme Court on 8 September 2021 that the armed forces have decided to induct women into the National Defence Academy (NDA). Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the Centre, told a bench headed by Justice S K Kaul that a decision has been taken at the highest level of the armed forces as also the government that females will be inducted for permanent commission through the NDA.
- The ASG sought apex court's permission to place the details on record through affidavit and sought status quo in this year's exams as this needs procedure and infrastructural changes.
- The top court said it has been periodically nudging the authorities to do it themselves and it believes that they are best suited to evolve the whole.
- They are very respected forces of the country but on gender equality they have to do more and sometimes the resistance does not come out well, said the bench.
- The apex court was hearing a plea filed by advocate Kush Kalra raising the issue of exclusion of eligible and willing female candidates from joining the prestigious NDA solely on the ground of sex which allegedly is a violation of fundamental right of equality.