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Woman aspirant to take army to court
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | September 24, 2004 14:30 IST
Last Updated: September 24, 2004 14:33 IST
Surya Moudgil, a 23-year-old girl from Haryana, has decided to move the Supreme Court to seek redressal for the 'humiliation' she had to undergo when she was asked to get examined by a male gynaecologist at the Allahabad Army Medical Centre in July 2004.
She had applied for the post of lieutenant though the Service Selection Board under the Women Special Entry Scheme.
She wrote a letter to army chief General N C Vij on September 10 giving details of the incident, but did not get a response.
She is now thinking of writing to President A P J Abdul Kalam.
"I had applied for administrative job through SSB and twice I was called for medical tests. First time in January 2004 in Bangalore where I was asked to get myself examined by a male gynaecologist… when I refused they provided me with a lady gynaecologist. The same experience was repeated in July at Allahabad. I protested to the president of the special medical board, Lt Col Turlapati. They made me sign a refusal after telling me that they do not have a female gynaecologist," Moudgil explained.
A masters in mathematics from Kurukshetra University, Moudgil is now preparing for the civil service examination and is confident that the latest incident will have no adverse impact on her career.
Moudgil is now in no moon to join the army. "I had a very good image of the army and felt that I should be one of them. But after my experience there is no way that I am going to go back."
Army spokesman Colonel Karan Mehta said, "We have already said whatever we had to. There is nothing more that I can add to it. If the honourable Supreme Court issues the Indian Army a notice, we shall certainly respond with all the facts."