Supreme Court pronounced tough decision


While hearing the case of dismissal of a nurse on the basis of marriage, the Supreme Court has given an important decision. The court has said that terminating a woman's job on the basis of marriage is a major case of gender discrimination and any law based on gender discrimination is constitutionally unacceptable. After this, the court ordered the woman to pay the balance amount of Rs 60 lakh. The army nurse was fired after the marriage.

A bench of Justices Sanjeev Khanna and Dipankar Dutta passed the order on the plea of ​​Selina John, who was fired from her job after her marriage in 1988. At that time he was holding the rank of lieutenant. He approached the Armed Forces Tribunal in 2012, which ruled in his favor and ordered his reinstatement. However, in 2019, the Center appealed to the Supreme Court against this order.

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According to the report, in its February 14 order, the bench said that no interference was required in the tribunal's decision. The court noted that a rule introduced in 1977, which allowed dismissal from the military nursing service on the basis of marriage, was withdrawn in 1995.

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The Supreme Court bench had held that such a rule is clearly arbitrary, as the termination of a woman from a job because of her marriage is a gross case of gender discrimination and inequality. Acceptance of such patriarchal norms undermines the right to human dignity, non-discrimination and fair treatment. Gender discrimination based on laws and regulations is constitutionally unacceptable. Rules basing marriage and domestic partnership of female employees as grounds for denying eligibility would be unconstitutional.

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