Women officers who are serving in the army condemned the central government's note delivered in the Supreme Court where they said that women cannot be in the commanding posts because they are not physically strong enough. Centre also expressed concerns regarding how male troops will not listen to the women.
Women officers called this the evidence of the regressive mindset within the authorities.
Senior advocate Aishwarya Bhati represented the women officers and filed written submissions before the Supreme Court countering the note of the government which argued why women are not suitable for commanding posts. The government also put forward other reasons such as operational effectiveness, reasons of national security, battlefield scenario and capture by the enemy that might turn ugly.
The 19 page long written submissions argue that centre's argument "that women officers are not trainable in specialisation envisaged for the permanent commission of women officers, skewed cadre structure lower physical capabilities are grounds or excuses that follow the pattern of regressive mindset."
The submission referred to Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal describing her as a Fighter Controller with the Indian Air Force who was part of the fighter team that guided Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman during the 2019 Balakot airstrike retaliation by Pakistan.
She is also the first woman to be awarded the Yudh Seva Medal by the President of India.