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Pregnancy not a permanent bar on employment in the military: High Court
Forcing a choice between bearing a child and employment interferes both with a woman’s reproductive rights and her right to employment and such an action could have no place in modern India, the Punjab & Haryana High Court said
 
In a decision, which will go a long way in assuaging procedural irritants related to women in uniformed services, the Punjab & Haryana High Court has ruled that a woman candidate could not be permanently debarred from joining as a doctor in the Army Medical Corps (AMC) on the pretext that she had conceived during the selection process and that such an action has no place in modern India.
 
Passing a 36 page landmark order on the petition discussing constitutional provisions, conventions and judicial precedents around the globe, Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu held that forcing a choice between bearing a child and employment interferes both with a woman’s reproductive rights and her right to employment and such an action could have no place in modern India. The High Court has also held that in such cases, keeping the nature of employment in consideration, the Government could grant maternity leave or keep a vacancy reserved, which could be offered to a candidate after childbirth. 
 
The Petitioner, who applied in early 2013 for a short service commission in the AMC was asked to join service in February 2014 after clearing all examinations and medical tests. Unlike other branches, married women till the age of 45 are eligible to join AMC and there is no training in a military academy and candidates join a hospital closest to residence and are made to complete a basic in-service course of 8 weeks within a flexible time period.
 
However, between the period of her application and joining, the petitioner conceived and disclosed this fact on the date of joining after which she was not allowed to assume duties. She was informed that she could not join since her pregnancy amounted to deterioration in health. Her candidature was cancelled and she was advised to undergo the entire selection process again in case she wanted to join AMC.
 
Aggrieved, the petitioner had moved the High Court in 2014 averring that pregnancy was not ‘deterioration in health’ but a mere incidence of marriage and womanhood. The Petitioner pointed out that there would have been no problem had she not disclosed her pregnancy or had conceived the day after joining or had given birth before the joining date and that in paramilitary forces uniformed doctors were simply asked to join after childbirth in case any problem was envisaged due to pregnancy.

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Subramani P K

1 year ago

Welcome judgement. AMC there is no field duties nor physical training and work in any hospitals is done by pregnant doctors & para medical staff without any difficulty. Of course during advance stage of pregnancy & after child birth a few months maternity leave can be allowed and again asked to resume duty.

How a minor row in Haryana sparked a dozen murders
Gurgaon : A dispute over a small plot of land in a Gurgaon village gave birth to two gangs and led to a dozen cold-blooded murders, with Haryana Police finally gunning down Sandeep Garauli, one of the gang leaders, in Mumbai over the weekend.
 
Bhoop Singh and Mehar Chand, both Jats and from Garauli village on the Gurgaon-Pataudi Road, got into a row over a 200 square metre residential plot in the mid-1990s.
 
In 1997, as teenagers, Sandeep Garauli from Bhoop Singh's camp and Narender from Mehar Chand's camp challenged each other to take possession of the plot, police sources and villagers said.
 
After a few days, Narender and his friend Hemant stabbed Sandeep Garauli multiple times and threw him in a field, assuming he was dead. But he survived.
 
It was the beginning of the horror story. Narender and Hemant were booked for attempt to murder.
 
On December 15, 1999, Sandeep Garauli was for the first time booked for looting and under the Arms Act.
 
Garauli's father was a sub-inspector in Haryana Police, and a few police personnel allegedly had a soft corner for Garauli.
 
According to police records, Sandeep Garauli's elder brother Kuldeep Singh and his cousin Bhram Prakash murdered Mahavir Singh from Mehar Chand's camp in 2000.
 
In retaliation, Mehar Chand's men abducted Sandeep Garauli's another brother, Naresh Kumar alias Nehru, an advocate, and allegedly burnt him to death at an isolated spot near Gurgaon's Behrampur viilage in 2001.
 
By then, the original gang leaders were dead.
 
A furious Sandeep Garauli joined hands with Neetu Gahlot and Binder Gujjar, then part of the Fauji Gang. Eventually, he raised his own gang.
 
According to police records, Sandeep Garauli's men attacked Hemant on January 10, 2004 when he was to be produced before the court of fast track judge B.M. Bajaj in Gurgaon.
 
Hemant was critically injured in the attack. Police constable Rajesh Kumar, who was escorting Hemant, died on the spot.
 
Later that day, police gunned down three accomplices of Sandeep Garauli after chasing them for 18 km in the foothills of Aravali.
 
Hemant succumbed to his injuries 18 days later.
 
Sandeep Garauli allegedly shot dead Randhir Singh in 2004 in Palam Vihar, one of the accused in the murder of his advocate brother.
 
On September 23, 2004, Garauli allegedly gunned down his main rival Narender -- with whom he had had a fight in 1997 -- in a village in Jhajjar district.
 
During this period, some other criminals, including Neetu Gahlot and Sangeeta Rajje, then vice chairperson of Gurgaon Municipal Council and wife of slain gangster Rajesh Nasa alias Rajje Punjabi, were also shot dead in internecine war, police records show.
 
Haridatt, a right hand of Sandeep Garauli, was gunned down by the Binder Gujjar gang in a court in retaliation, police say.
 
A year later, in the same premises, Sandeep Garauli and his men allegedly gunned down Dharamveer Ullawas from the Gujjar camp.
 
Sandeep Garauli's gang also shot dead Gujjar's relative-driver Ashok Kumar in Gurgaon in the first week of October 2015.
 
Gujjar's men then murdered Rajkumar Sethi, who allegedly financed Sandeep Garauli.
 
Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk said his force was determined to bring down the crime graph in Gurgaon, a business hub in Haryana that adjoins New Delhi.
 
He said Gujjar was in jail and the Crime Branch had eliminated Sandeep Garauli in Mumbai. The Crime Branch officials who killed him would get out of turn promotions.
 
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Germany ends 2015 with weak economy performance
Berlin : German industrial output and exports declined in December 2015, official data showed on Tuesday, indicating a shaky growth of Europe's biggest economy.
 
Adjusted for seasonal swings and inflation effects, production in German industrial sector fell by 1.2 percent from the previous month in December 2015, Xinhua quoted German federal statistics office Destatis as saying.
 
It followed a monthly decrease of 0.1 percent in November. In the final quarter of 2015, the factory output dropped by 0.8 percent.
 
"The industrial production went through a dry spell at the end of 2015," said German economy ministry in a statement.
 
Another release from the statistics office also said both German exports and imports declined by 1.6 percent in December, narrowing adjusted-net exports to 19.4 billion euros (about $21.8 billion).
 
Foreign trade was Germany's traditional driving engine but remained subdued in recent years due to weak global growth.
 
Economists at Berlin-based German Institute for Economic Research expected that net exports would no longer contribute the growth over the next two years.
 
"This morning's data were a painful reminder that not all is hunky dory in the Eurozone's largest economy," said ING-DiBa Bank's chief economist Carsten Brzeski.
 
"In fact, the German 'Wirtschaftswunder' has only some domestic magic left," he said, referring to dynamic private consumption boosted by strong labour market, low inflation, low interest rates and increasing wages.
 
German consumers' confidence stood at a high level despite risks of terror attacks and refugee crisis. In 2015, retail sector in the country logged the strongest sales increase in over 10 years.
 
Destatis was scheduled to release data of growth in the fourth quarter of 2015 on Friday. Based on provisionary calculations, it reported that the economic growth over the whole year stood at 1.7 percent.
 
Economists expected that gross domestic product of Germany would increase by 0.3 percent during the last three months of 2015, followed by a growth of 0.4 percent in the first quarter of 2016.
 
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