The Supreme Court issued an interim judgment on Wednesday allowing women to sit the National Defence Academy (NDA) admission exam slated for September 5. The outcome would be subject to the petitions’ final adjudication.
In a writ case filed by Kush Kalra seeking permission for women applicants to compete for the NDA exam, a division bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy issued an interim decision.
In light of the aforementioned order, the UPSC is also required to issue a proper corrigendum announcement and “provide due publicity so that the intent of the judgment is translated into effect.”
The current public interest petition raises the issue of a violation of Articles 14, 15, 16, and 19 of the Indian Constitution by denying eligible and willing female candidates the opportunity to enroll, train, and develop themselves as future leaders of the Indian Armed Forces at the National Defence Academy.
According to the petitioner, eligible and willing female candidates are being denied entry to the National Defence Academy on the basis of their gender, systematically and categorically excluding eligible female candidates from training at the Indian Armed Forces’ premier joint training institute, which later becomes a barrier in the recruitment process.
The petition also claims that; the categorical exclusion of women from training at the National Defence Academy and; being commissioned into the Indian Armed Forces as Permanent Commissioned Officers solely because of their gender is a violation of the Fundamental Right to Practice any Profession and; is unjustifiable under the Indian Constitution.
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