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Fair treatment of female employees must be guaranteed in workplaces.

Fair treatment of female employees must be guaranteed in workplaces.
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Rules that punish female employees for getting married are unconstitutional, according to the Supreme Court of India, which has strongly opposed another antiquated concept with patriarchal connotations. Gender disparity and prejudice are blatantly displayed when a woman’s job is terminated because she got married. The right to fair treatment, nondiscrimination, and human dignity are all compromised by acceptance of such [a] patriarchal system of governance. In 1988, Selina John, a former lieutenant and Permanent Commissioner Officer in the Military Nursing Service, was released from service due to her marriage. Her rights were maintained by an order that included her observations. Eight weeks have passed since the Union Government was ordered by a bench led by Justice Sanjiv Khanna to compensate Ms. John with ₹60 lakh. After the Armed Forces Tribunal’s Lucknow Bench rendered a finding in favour of the government in 2016, the government appealed the ruling to the highest court. Noting that the prohibition against marriage only applied to women who worked as nurses, the Court stated that her dismissal was “wrong and illegal.”
In the Army, women have been fighting a protracted and difficult battle for gender parity; following rulings in 2020 and 2021, they were awarded permanent commission. There needs to be action to support the Indian Army’s words that it is pushing more women into the military.

Although women frequently face awkward personal inquiries during job interviews, it’s not like the civilian realm is significantly better. About their plans to get married and have children, they are questioned. When it comes to women’s labour participation, barriers in education, employment, and opportunities must be removed, not to mention bullying mindsets. According to India’s most recent Periodic Labour Force data (October-December 2023), women’s labour participation is at an appalling 19.9% for women of all ages.

Fact: Many girls, particularly those from low-income families, are forced to drop out of school for a variety of reasons, such as lack of access to adequate restrooms or financial difficulties. According to the UN’s Gender Snapshot 2023, women will continue to hold leadership positions and devote a disproportionate amount of their time to household chores and duties if course correction measures are not implemented. This is a sobering assessment of the state of gender parity around the world. Should they be forced to adhere to restrictive social and cultural standards, the government’s regularly stated programmes for women and girls would have little practical impact. In order to transform the workplace into an asset rather than an obstacle, all organisations should take note of the Court’s ruling that states that a woman’s marriage and her engagement in household matters are grounds for disentitlement, which is illegal.

Abhishek Verma


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