Rules that edge out women from jobs due to marriage illegal: SC

Syllabus: GS-I

Subject: Society and Social Justice

Topic: Issues of women

Issue: Women in Armed Forces

Context: Supreme Court order upholding the rights of a woman Permanent Commissioner Officer in the Military Nursing Service who was discharged for getting married.


  • “Terminating employment because the woman has got married is a coarse case of gender discrimination and inequality. Laws and regulations based on gender-based bias are constitutionally impermissible.” – Supreme Court.
  • The rule against marriage was applicable only to women nursing officers and is “ex facie manifestly arbitrary” violating Article 14 of the constitution.

Related Case Law(Mains): Ministry of Defence v Babita Puniya & Ors

  • In this case, the Supreme court had directed that women officers in the army be granted permanent commission.
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