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‘Illegal, violation of gender equality’: SBI’s guidelines on pregnant women criticised

After intense criticism, the State Bank of India has withdrawn guidelines that said women more than three months pregnant will be considered unfit for recruitment.

January 29, 2022 / 03:31 PM IST
State Bank of India had received a notice from the Delhi Commission for Women for declaring women over three months pregnant “temporarily unfit” for service.

State Bank of India had received a notice from the Delhi Commission for Women for declaring women over three months pregnant “temporarily unfit” for service.

State Bank of India (SBI), after backlash on social media, has withdrawn guidelines that said women more than three months pregnant will be considered unfit for recruitment.

Earlier, women candidates were eligible for appointment in SBI up to six months of pregnancy, subject to doctors’ certification. But in a circular dated December 31, the bank declared women over three months pregnant “temporarily unfit” for service. SBI said that such candidates can join work within four months of giving birth.


Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal had described SBI’s new rule as illegal and discriminatory. The panel had issued a notice to SBI.