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Wing Commander Pooja Thakur, Who Led Guard of Honour For Obama, Sues Indian Air Force

Thakur has been denied a permanent commission.

14/07/2016 3:30 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Wing Commander Pooja Thakur, who captivated the country when she led the Guard of Honor during U.S. President Obama's visit in 2015, is now suing the Indian Air Force for denying her a permanent commission.

Thakur, who was the first woman in India to lead the Guard of Honor for a visiting Head of State, has alleged that the IAF's decision to deny her a permanent commission is "biased, discriminatory, arbitrary and unreasonable."

The Armed Forces Tribunal has asked the IAF to respond in four weeks.

During his trip, Obama said that one of his "favourite things" during his trip was to "see the incredible Indian women in the armed forces, including the person who commanded the guard that greeted me when I arrived."

"It is remarkable and is a sign of great strength and progress," he said.

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