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At a time when girls are breaching male bastions and continuously challenging gender stereotypes, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s hearth division thinks hearth carrier is a man’s job. Neither do they have explicit recruitment standards for women nor reserved positions for them. On Monday, the department rejected a 29-year-old feminine hearth officer, who has five years of enjoy working for different firms, as she didn't meet the 165 cm height requirement for males. Priyanshi is the one feminine candidate from Gujarat to move out of the National Fire Service College (NFSC) in Nagpur. Even NFSC's all-India entrance exam standards mentions 157 cm as the desired height for women. On Monday, this daughter of a former hearth officer in Vadodara and niece of former chief hearth officer in Surat, returned home dejected after being shown the door through AMC. However, she is made up our minds to battle the sexist system that prevented her from breaking the glass ceiling that will have made her the first officer of any hearth division in the state of Gujarat. Priyanshi has taken a strong objection to the discrimination meted out to her in a criticism to Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra.

At 157 cm, Priyanshi Patel would simply meet the peak requirement for women hearth officers in Tamil Nadu Fire Service which has the best possible rating feminine hearth officer in the country.

The Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services (AFES) has now not regarded as girls for positions in the hearth division in any respect. Confirming the same, Chief Fire Officer (Ahmedabad) M F Dastoor stated, "AMC currently does not have any positions reserved for women in the fire service."

"This is pure discrimination. They accepted my application, but did not make any physical rules for women. They made me travel to another city and then rejected me for not being as tall as a man," stated Priyanshi.

Asked about the problem, Nilesh Patel, Assistant Manager of AMC Central Office who's in control of recruitment, advised Mirror, "The female candidate did not meet the physical height requirement of 165 cm and so she was rejected."

Same algorithm for males, girls

Asked why are physical requirements for men and women identical, Patel stated, "We do not have different set of rules for women and so she was also judged on the same measure we use for male candidates."

Mirror spoke to Meenakshi Vikaykumar, the deputy director of the Tamil Nadu Fire Service regarding the regulations for feminine officers. She stated, "In Tamil Nadu, the height requirement for women is above 154 cm whole it is 165 cm for men." The recruitments have been held for 18 positions of station hearth officers and over 125 seemed for the exam.

Dejected, now not defeated

Priyanshi is all set to battle the system. She stated that she has been discriminated against however she would now not take it mendacity down. She filed a criticism against the recruitment in the administrative center of the Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner. Mirror has accessed a duplicate of the criticism. It states, "I was called for the interview by the Fire Department but disqualified for the same due to height. However, I was given admission into NFSC with 157 cm height and the same criteria should be used here and I should be called for an interview again."

Commissioner Vijay Nehra was unavailable for comment. However, RK Mehta, deputy commissioner in control of recruitment, advised Mirror, "I am not aware of the complaint, but I will look into it and take necessary action."

Not the first to stand sexism

While Priyanshi's case might be the first such case of blatant sexism in Gujarat hearth services and products, it is not the first in the country. Even the these days best possible rating feminine hearth officer in the country needed to face discrimination in her time. Deputy Director Meenakshi Vijaykumar, who was awarded the President's Fire Service Medal for Gallantry in 2013 for saving the lives of 2 other officers in the line of responsibility, advised Mirror, "I was waiting for my commission for four years after passing out of NFSC in 1998 because the powers that be were deliberating whether to let women join the fire service because they thought it was too dangerous. However, everyone must realise that women don't need protection, they have the grit and strength to protect everyone else."

She added, "While girls like Kalpana Chawla have reached area, in 2019 we're deliberating about making area for women in the hearth carrier."


Situation identical in Surat

Meanwhile, Surat Fire and Emergency Services (SFES) has one place of Fire Sub-Officer vacant since it is reserved for women. However, the catch is that even there, the physical requirements for women are the same as males. Surat Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Basant Parish stated, "This is wrong and the physical qualifications should be different for men and women. I will see to it that they are rectified in Surat."


While girls like Kalpana Chawla have reached area, in 2019 we're deliberating about making area for women in the hearth carrier

Meenakshi Vijaykumar, India’s best possible rating lady hearth officer

This is discrimination. They authorised my application, however didn't make any regulations for women. They rejected me for now not being as tall as a man

Priyanshi Patel, applicant for the post of fireside officer



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