Pooja Thakur takes IAF to court after being denied permanent commission

Wing Commander Pooja Thakur has moved court after the Indian Air Force denied her permanent commission, reported CNN-News 18.

File photo of the Indian Air Force. Reuters

File photo of the Indian Air Force. Reuters

According to News 18,  Thakur termed the decision as "biased, discriminatory, arbitrary and unreasonable" in her petition.

However, former IAF officers denied any gender bias, the report said.

Thakur was the first lady officer to lead the Inter-Service Guard of Honour which was inspected by the US President Barack Obama during his India visit in 2015.

Thakur had told NDTV that while she was proud of the fact that she was allowed to lead the guard of honour, she really hoped that the incident inspired more women to join the armed forces in the country.

Thakur joined the IAF in 2000 and belongs to the administrative branch. The officer’s father retired as a Colonel from the Indian Army, reported The Financial Express.

According to Firstpost, last October, the government decided to open the fighter stream for women on an experimental basis for five years. But combat roles in the Army and the Navy are still off limits due to a combination of operational concerns and logistical constraints. Women pilots were first included in 1991, for choppers and transport aircrafts.

The first batch of women fighter pilots, comprising three cadets, was inducted in the Indian Air Force on 18 June, the report said.

The three women pilots were commissioned into the fighter stream after successful completion of the initial training, official sources said.

Earlier this month, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar pitched  for greater role of women in the armed forces,and proposed the idea of raising an all women battalion and stationing of women on warships as the "psychological barrier" has been broken with the induction of female fighter pilots, reported Firstpost.



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Updated Date: Jul 14, 2016 14:21:52 IST

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