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Gunjan Saxena To High Court Never Faced Gender Bias In Air Force:

She maintained that Air Force gave her an opportunity to serve the nation, including in the Kargil War and she will forever remain grateful for the opportunities given to her by the force.

Updated 16th October 2020 | 09:16 IST

Former Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena Thursday told the Delhi supreme court that she has not faced any discrimination on the idea of her gender within the Indian Air Force.
She maintained that Air Force gave her a chance to serve the state, including within the Kargil War and she or he will forever remain grateful for the opportunities given to her by the force.

Ms Saxena made the submissions in her affidavit, during a suit filed by the Centre, seeking a decree of final injunction against the Netflix, Dharma Productions et al. from broadcasting or releasing in theatres or the other digital platform the film ”Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl”, without grant of no-objection certificate (NOC) from it.

According to the Centre, the film which was streaming on Netflix, depicts the IAF in poor light and dents its image because it shows that the force is gender biased, which isn’t correct.

Ms Saxena, in her affidavit filed before Justice Rajiv Shakdher, clarified that the movie isn’t a documentary but is merely inspired by her life and it’s clear from the 2 disclaimers placed at the start of the film which provides a message to motivate young women to hitch IAF.

“The Deponent (Saxena) doesn’t claim that everything that’s shown within the movie went on together with her in her real world . However, the deponent believes that the message sought to be conveyed through the movie is to motivate young women to hitch the Indian Air Force and, on a broader canvas, the aim is to inspire young women to pursue their dreams, to not doubt themselves and to figure hard towards their goals,” she said within the affidavit filed through advocate Aditya Dewan.

She added that while she has no control over the exercise of “creative liberties” during the making of the movie, “it remains as incontrovertible fact that in thus far because the deponent cares , at an institutional level, the deponent has not faced any discrimination on the idea of her gender. The IAF rather gave the deponent a chance to serve the state , including within the Kargil War.”

The retired officer said she has utmost respect for IAF and can’t discuss the Centre of the force’s perception about the movie in question as everybody’s perception is different.

The supreme court had earlier issued notices and sought response of Dharma Productions Private Limited, which produced the film, its directors Karan Yash Johar and Hiroo Yash Johar, CEO Apporva Mehta, Zee Entertainment, director of the movie Sharan Sharma, Netflix Entertainment Services India LLP, M/s Netflix and Gunjan Saxena on the Centre”s suit to get rid of the movie from all OTT platforms.

The court has also sought response of the parties on the interim application seeking interim injunction to get rid of the movie from all OTT platforms.

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