New Delhi, Jun 16: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has begun the process for according permanent commission to women officers.
The exercise began after three year long court battle led by women officers against gender discrimination. The fight ended in Mar 2010 when Delhi High Court pronounced that the women serving in the defence forces 'deserve better'.
"Yes, we have already started the process for according permanent commission to women officers in accordance with the Delhi High Court orders," a senior IAF officer told a news agency.
The petition was filed by 22 IAF and another 30-odd Army women officers, who accused the government of discriminating against them.
"All the 22 women officers, who had gone to the court, will be given permanent commission," the senior IAF officer added.
This means that women officers, just like their male counterparts, will have the opportunity to grow up to the rank of Lieutenant General and retire at the age of 60 along with retirement and other benefits.