In fact, the Indian army has also started recruiting female jawans recently.However, this happiness seems to be shortlived. Recently, the Central government told the Supreme Court that women officers shouldn’t be appointed at commanding positions in the army as it will be tough for the male troops to accept them.
A report from Times of India stated them saying, “The composition of rank and file being male, and predominantly drawn from a rural background, with prevailing societal norms, the troops are not yet mentally schooled to accept women officers in command.”
Yes, this happened. The officers cited reasons such as prolonged absence during pregnancy, motherhood, and family obligations as some of the reasons for their decision. They also argued that male and female officers cannot be treated at par because of their physical and physiological differences.
“The officers are expected to lead their men from the front and need to be in prime physical condition to undertake combat tasks. Inherent physiological differences between men and women preclude equal physical performance resulting in lower physical standards and hence the physical capacity of women officers remains a challenge for command of units.”
As per their argument, it’s a difficult task for women officers to meet the hazards of services as armed forces require a commitment beyond the call of duty. They further added that they don’t want to expose women to combat situations due to the danger of them being taken as prisoners of war(PoW). According to them, such a stressful situation can only be avoided by limiting the number of women in direct combat units.
However, these regressive opinions were not well received by people and here’s what they had to say:
The part that angered me most was 'domestic obligations when both are in service'. She looks after his parents, though they are colleagues.
— Natasha Ramarathnam🌈 نتاشا رامارتنم (@nuts2406) February 5, 2020
Govt tell SC that male troops will not accept women commanders in the Army, well is this the fabric of the Indian Army? @adgpi If lady IPS officers can head the paramilitary forces in India, I am sure in time they are more than capable being Commanders in the Indian Army.
— Kirti Gosain (@GosainKirti) February 5, 2020
The country had a woman Prime Minister and the three Services chiefs worked under a woman Commander-in-Chief, and the government says male troops won’t accept woman officers! https://t.co/pjdPjXgbId via @timesofindia
— BRP Bhaskar (@brpbhaskar) February 5, 2020
This is so regressive.https://t.co/8PPWObOCG0
— Jogulamba (@JogulambaV) February 5, 2020
Such male troopers don’t deserve to be in government service. Idiotic mindset
— santhosh (@santhosharul9) February 5, 2020
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The govt that celebrated having a woman Defence Minister till last year, is telling the SC that male troops won’t accept women commanders? pic.twitter.com/XMhue0Ylq7
— barkha deva (@barkhad) February 5, 2020
Netaji Subhash Bose encourages women to fight an actual war, forming a full regiment for women soldiers
Govt of India tells the Supreme Court men soldiers in Indian Army won't accept female commanders
Meanwhile, the superficial drama of respecting Netaji continues.
— Sandeep Manudhane (@sandeep_PT) February 5, 2020
— Ankit (@DesiDarzee) February 5, 2020
However, the Supreme court reminded the Centre that they had raised concerns when women were included in the police force but they are performing well, reports Times Now. They told the Centre that women should be to be given a fair chance and opportunity to perform to the best of their abilities.
It’s 2020 and we just hope that the women officers get what they truly deserve. What are your thoughts about this? Let us know in the comments below.