21 April, 2021

‘Bureaucracy Played Foul’

‘Bureaucracy Played Foul’

Meenakshi Lekhi had retained just a handful of legal briefs as she got into the electoral mode, including permanent commission for women officers in the ­army—a case she took up in 2010. In an interview to Bhavna Vij-Aurora, the second-­time MP from New Delhi talks about the recent Supreme Court order that set aside the government’s arguments against granting equality to women officers in “command and criteria” as “discriminatory”, “disturbing” and based on stereotype. Excerpts:

Weren’t you uncomfortable taking up the fight against a government department?

A lot of inequality exists in the armed forces. It is all about masculinity. It is significant that the court order ­enforces equality in such a structure. It is also about due justice. A woman who becomes an officer has already crossed a gender barrier. The system cannot claim she is not good enough for permanent commission. The fight was not against any government...

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