A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in Delhi high court seeking directions to the government to recruit married women law graduates into the Judge Advocate General (JAG) department of the Indian Army like similarly placed men.
At present, Judge Advocate General department of Indian Army recruits males (married/ unmarried) and females (only unmarried) for serving in the Indian Army, the petition said. The JAG consists of legally qualified officers that provide legal help to the military in all aspects.
This was depriving rights of married female candidates who are law graduates to serve in the JAG department.
“This discrimination on grounds of gender is violative of fundamental right of equality before law, right not to be discriminated on the ground of sex, equality of opportunity in matters of public employment, fundamental right to practice any profession and occupation and human rights of the women,” petitioner Kush Kalra, said in his plea.