Indians from all walks of life took to Twitter and other social media platforms to express their happiness on the armed forces’ decision to induct women into the National Defence Academy.
The Centre informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday that women will be admitted in the Pune-based National Defence Academy (NDA) from this year.
Congress spokesperson Dr Shama Mohamed expressed her satisfaction by calling the moment “historic.”
MobiKwik co-founder Upasana Taku called it a “big win for India.”
Chairperson Punjab State Women Commission Manisha Gulati called it a step in the right direction “towards equality.”
Red FM Director and COO Nisha Narayanan was all praise of the game-changing decision.
Indian entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala also shared his feelings over the decision that will set up the path for Indian women in the NDA.
The Union Government was quick to inform the Supreme Court of the progressive decision but requested for some more time to come up with set guidelines for women in NDA courses.
The Supreme Court asked the government to file its response by September 20.
“It is a delight to share this. Women will be admitted in the NDA. We will place a detailed affidavit. On June 24, the exam was postponed to November this year. Please grant status quo in these exams as this needs procedure and infrastructural changes.” Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati said in the court today.
This comes less than a month after the Supreme Court said women can sit for the NDA admission exam which has been rescheduled for November 14.
The court had criticised a “mindset problem” in the previous hearing, demanding equal service opportunities for men and women in the nation’s armed forces.