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Bar on entry of married men and women in JAG is in the public interest, national security: Centre to Delhi High Court

In an affidavit, the government said that the condition of being unmarried for both male and female candidates between age 21-27 years is restricted only for the period of recruitment and pre-commissioned training which is necessary because it involves high amount of physical and mental stress, strain and rigours.

Once unmarried lady cadets and gentlemen cadets complete their training and are granted commission, there is no bar for getting married or its natural consequences of pregnancy and service benefits like maternity leave, child care leave, paternity leave or married accommodation. But during the basic military training, which lasts for minimum one year, such provisions are not possible, the government stated.

“Since, pregnancy and giving birth to a child is considered as natural right for a woman and she cannot be deprived of that, while formulating the rules such precautionary conditions have been laid down in the interest of women candidates themselves,” the response read.

Source: Barandbench

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