The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday directed the Central government to take a policy decision on admitting girls in Sainik and military schools in the country and directed school authorities to accept applications from girls.
The division bench of Justice K S Jhaveri and Justice Mahendra Maheshwari gave the direction following a PIL filed by Mahi Yadav, who challenged the denial of admissions, contending that it was not only discriminatory but a violation of the Right to Education Act (RTE).
The court had earlier sent notices to secretaries of the Union ministries of human resource development, defence and the Central Board of Secondary Education .
Additional solicitor general (ASG) R D Rastogi, appearing for the defence ministry , on Wednesday argued that the children studying at Sainik schools were given preference in selection for admissions at the National Defence Academy (NDA). He said those who graduate from NDA were posted for combat opera tions. Though women were given short service commissions in some branches of the Army like the Army Medical Corps, Judge Advocate General (JAG) and Signals, they were not selected in combat wings like infantry .
This is the reason why girls were not given admissions in military schools. So, the government has to take a policy decision in this case.
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