Lt Sushmita Chakraborty hated her job, particularly the responsibility to arrange supplies for the endless late night parties organised by officers at Udhampur - or so a letter sent to the National Commission for Women (NCW) on Monday by Sushmita's uncle Tapas Chakraborty said.
NCW chairperson Girija Vyas ordered a case to be registered by the commission on the basis of the letter's contents. The commission will investigate whether the Lieutenant faced gender discrimination in the Army. Sushmita's uncle, who lives in Kolkata's Haldar Street, has said in the letter that he was writing to the commission since her niece's parents were too shocked after the news of their daughter's death to react properly.
According to the letter, Sushmita had time and again requested her seniors to relieve her of the duty to arrange supplies for the late night parties. As per NCW sources, Chakraborty's letter states that Sushmita had been a good student, and well-qualified to perform more onerous tasks in the Army. "She increasingly felt her work had no relation to her qualifications and was deeply dissatisfied," the letter reportedly states.
NCW has already expressed its displeasure over the remarks by the Army vice Chief Lt. General K Pattabhiraman that the force could do without women. Vyas on Monday called the comment "extremely irresponsible" and said there was a need for gender sensitisation in the Army.
"There is need to take steps to make our forces more gender sensitive and measures should also be taken to deal with the issue of stress among the Army personnel." Vyas said she was satisfied with Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee's comments on the issue.
Lt Gen Pattabhiraman's reported statement had come in the wake of Sushmita’s suicide.