Gurkhas were unfairly separated from their wives and families for many years. This was in the most inhumane way owing to the discriminatory rules forced upon them. This inhumane separation has been the major cause of distress and family break up among many Gurkhas’ families.
Elephants esteem their family structure, maybe more so than numerous different creatures. They are actually friendly, sociable creatures and, in that capacity, appreciate the connection with family members. Examination demonstrates that even creatures makes the most out of their family lives however Gurkhas were denied this right. Gurkhas missed their adoring feeling of family. Britain being a mother of human right they were in rupture of human right Act.
Family separation has some other significant side effects like for instance; a family member my join the Gurkhas and be separated with their loved ones only to come back during the leaves and find that their wives and kid are gone. This mainly results from the insecurity and fear that their husbands my not return after going to war, hence opting to settle down with another person.
Married Accompanied Service Allowance
The married Gurkhas were accompanied by their wives/ Kinds only two to three years in the first 15 years of service. Furthermore, if a Gurkhas is ranked below Cpl/JNCO Junior Non Commissioned Officer, he/she used to serve only 15 years then sent home for a compulsory retirement at the age of 33-35 years old. The MOD only kept young Gurkhas who were below 30years of age; they considered them
young and fit. If you are past that age you were given a forced retirement. This was stressful to Gurkhas because they had no academic qualification hence they could not look for other careers. They also had no funds to cater for their needs after the retirement, many of them ended up in poverty despite of the service they gave to the country.
A review of the terms of service of the Gurkha was undertaken in July 1997 following the withdrawal of the royal Gurkha rifles from Hong Kong. There was a conclusion that married accompanied service should be introduced for Gurkhas serving in the UK. This was to be for the first fifteen years of service and permanent Accompanied service for Gurkhas who are ranked Colour Sergeant and above. This was not fair because other Gurkhas who were below the rank never enjoyed the policy.
MOD announced that it would undertake a review of Gurkha Married Accompanied Service Policy following the Judicial Review into terms and conditions of Gurkhas in February 2003. In accordance the TPA the decision was taken to continue the policy where by one quarter of married Gurkhas would be accompanied by their families at any one time.
However, in the year 2006 all married Gurkha officer with three years of service was entitled to Married Accompanied Service. In addition, all ranks of the Brigade of Gurkhas who are eligible are also entitled to service families Accommodation and are expected to pay the normal accommodation charges on the same basis as the other qualifying personnel in the British army. This also applies to Gurkha personnel serving in Nepal or Brunei.
This is a great move to ensure justice to the Gurkhas and fair treatment to those that served those that are currently serving and those to serve in future.