Why can’t a married person be recruited in the Army Legal Wing? Court sought response from the Center

Why can’t married people be recruited in the Indian Army Legal Wing? What is the problem in giving army training to married people? The Delhi High Court has asked these questions to the Centre.

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How does being married affect a person’s training in the army? After all, why can’t a married person be recruited in the army? The Delhi High Court has asked these questions to the Central Government. court Indian army Was hearing a public interest litigation filed in the recruitment case in the legal wing. In the petition, questions have been raised on the rule of banning the entry of married women and men in the Army’s legal wing Judge Advocate General Department ie JAG.

The Division Bench of Delhi High Court Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramaniam Prasad was hearing the matter. Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma was giving arguments on behalf of the Centre. The ASG told the court, ‘The selected candidates have to undergo 11 months of rigorous training before getting commissioned in JAG (Army Legal Department).’

To this, Justice Prasad asked, ‘How can marriage be a qualification? Can a married man not take training in the army? There is no relation between these two.

Marital Status in Army: This rule discriminates!

The petition has been filed by Kush Kalra. In this, a demand has been made to allow women and men candidates to be recruited in the JAG department of the army beyond their marital status. On behalf of the petitioner, advocate Charu Wali Khanna told the court that the notification of Army JAG Recruitment came in August 2018. This recruitment was for law graduates (only unmarried).

It has been said in the petition that ‘the rule making marriage a criterion is discriminatory. Because the age limit for the job in JAG is 21 to 27 years. While the legal age of marriage is 21 years for boys and 18 years for girls. There is no such restriction regarding marriage in other services of judiciary equivalent to this. Unless marriage makes any difference, it cannot be made the basis of shortlisting.

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The court has given time to the Center to reply while directing it to file an additional affidavit on this issue of entry into the Army. These questions have also been asked to be kept in the affidavit so that the validity of this rule can be tested.