Wing Commander Pooja Thakur today moved court against the Indian Air Force after she was denied a permanent commission.
Thakur termed IAF's decision as biased, discriminatory, arbitrary and unreasonable, especially since air force recently allowed women fighter pilots for short service commission, a move hailed by all quarters.
Denial of commission to Pooja Thakur by IAF is seen in contradiction with PM Modi's call for empowering women in armed forces and Defence Minister's assertion that women will have a bigger role in such services.
Thakur was the commander who gave Guard of Honours to US President Barack Obama when he visited India as Guest of Honour of Republic Day Parade in 2015. She is daughter of an army colonel and joined the Air Force in 2000.