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Girls to be inducted in National Defence Academy, Centre tells Supreme Court

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NEW DELHI, September 8: The armed forces have decided to induct women into the National Defence Academy (NDA), the Centre informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the Centre, told a bench headed by Justice S K Kaul that a decision has been taken at the highest level of the armed forces that females will be inducted for permanent commission through the NDA.
Bhati sought sought status quo in this year’s exams as this needs procedure and infrastructural changes.
“The idea is when nothing happens, the court steps in. Let me assure you it’s not a happy situation to step in and we would like the armed services to do it themselves. They are very respected forces of the country but on gender equality they have to do more,” said the bench, also comprising Justice M M Sundresh.
“I am happy that the heads of armed forces have taken a positive decision. Put on record, we will take up the matter. We are happy with the stand,” it added.
The top court also said we are conscious that such reforms cannot happen in a day, and will now hear the matter after two weeks.

The court was hearing a plea filed by advocate Kush Kalra raising the issue of exclusion of eligible and willing female candidates from joining the NDA solely on the ground of gender which allegedly is a violation of fundamental right of equality. (ToI With inputs from Agencies)