The Indian Army is fighting off an unusual invasion. In March, the Delhi high court ordered it to begin granting permanent commission to women; previously, permanent commission at the end of a short-service stint was granted only to men. The army refused, and in response to a contempt notice, said the order is “not implementable”. This stance is anachronistic; in other major military forces, women entered permanent service as their participation in the wider labour pool increased.
What can cut this judicial tangle is perhaps an equivalent of the US Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, enacted almost 62 years ago: legislation against which even the Indian Army cannot fight.