It is 2020 and by now women have scaled mountains, built robots, fought battles, reached the moon and proven in every way possible that they are no less than their male counterparts when it comes to skill, bravado and intelligence.
Nevertheless, the ‘second sex’ is still fighting for a place at the table when it comes to breaking the glass ceiling and being judged upon merit. The latest is their exclusion from India’s armed forces.f
In a shocking admittance, the Centre recently told the Supreme Court that women officers are not eligible for higher posts in the army as male officers are not yet ready to accept them.
The other reasons, they said, why women should not be considered for commanding positions are the highly assumable ‘greater role’ of women in the upkeep of domestic life and family, as well as the danger of her being kidnapped.
“The composition of rank & file being male, and predominantly drawn from rural background, with prevailing societal norms, the troops are not yet mentally schooled to accept women officers in command”.
This means exactly one thing: Women have to take the fall for the incapability of men. The Centre further told the SC bench that women could not be considered for senior positions as bodily functions like pregnancy keep women away from work for long periods.
Additionally, appointing women in higher roles can expose them to the risk of being taken a ‘prisoner of war’ which can lead to additional stress for the government as well as the army.