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March 04 2022
Did you know that women can take the admission exam to the National Defence Academy (NDA)?
The Supreme Court has passed a temporary order allowing women candidates to appear for the NDA examination. The Court further asked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to give the court order wide publicity. Here are some other instances where courts have upheld gender equality in the Indian armed forces: Granting Permanent Commission […]
February 26 2022
Permanent Commission for women army officers: Still a long way to go
The Supreme Court has said that the Indian army’s evaluation criteria for granting permanent commission for women officers is arbitrary and irrational. The Court recognized that societal structures have been created by men and for men. When the law itself is structured towards a male standpoint, the court cannot apply it as it is to […]
February 23 2022
The violence against women continues: How does Indian law punish Rape?
Trigger Warning: This explainer contains information on physical violence and sexual violence which some readers may find disturbing. An eight-year-old girl was thrown into a dry well after being allegedly raped and strangled to death by unidentified men in the Pratapgarh district of Rajasthan. The accused abducted the girl from her house while she […]
February 23 2022
Gender Equality in the Armed Forces: Permanent Commission
The Supreme Court has asked the Central Government for an update on the status of women army officers’ permanent commission. Women army officers had approached the Court claiming that less than 50% of the women officers have been granted permanent commission by the Indian Army. What is Permanent Commission? Permanent commission (PC) allows officers […]
February 01 2022
Hindu Law: Daughter’s inheritance before 1956
Guest post by Pallavi Mohan Recently, the Supreme Court clarified what happens to a father’s self-acquired property, if he died intestate (meaning, without a will) before the year 1956 and is survived only by a daughter. Why is the year ‘1956’ relevant? In India, personal laws and customs form the basis of inheritance laws. Being established principles, […]