“It’s your right”: CJI Ramana is pushing for 50% representation of women in the judiciary; affirms that the under-representation of women in the legal profession must be urgently corrected


THE Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana Sunday called for 50% representation of women in the judiciary, adding that it was their right and not a matter of charity.

“Enough of the suppression of thousands of years. It is high time that we had 50% representation of women in the judiciary. It’s your right. It is not a question of charity. Women make up only about 30% of the lower judiciary. In the high courts, women judges constitute 11.5%. Here at the Supreme Court we currently have four women judges out of the 33 seats. That’s only 12%, ”said CJI Ramana during a congratulation for the newly appointed Supreme Court Justices – Justices BV Nagarathna, Hima Kohli, Bela, AS Oka, Vikram Nath and JK Maheshwari, CT Ravikumar, MM Sundaresh and PS Narasimha.

CJI Ramana also pointed out that of the 1.7 million defenders, only 15% were women. Only 2% of the representatives elected to the councils of state bars were women. There were no female members of the Indian Bar Council. This, he said, needed urgent correction, adding that he was forcing the executive to apply the necessary fixes.

“Gender stereotypes force them to bear the brunt of family responsibilities. Client preference for male lawyers, uncomfortable environment in courtrooms, lack of infrastructure, overcrowded courtrooms, lack of toilets for women, etc. – all this dissuades women from entering the profession, ”said CJI Ramana.

CJI cited a survey it had conducted that showed that of 6,000 trial courts, nearly 22% did not have a female toilet.

“The National Judicial Infrastructure Corporation that I have proposed will ensure the inclusive design of court complexes. We need to create a more welcoming environment. An important area of ​​intervention is to increase gender diversity in legal education, ”he said.

CJI Ramana added that he would wholeheartedly support initiatives that will help eliminate gender disparities in the profession.

Last month, the Supreme Court Collegium headed by CJI Ramana recommended the names of nine justices to the Supreme Court. Among them, Judges Kohli, Nagaratna and Trivedi are women. This is the first time that three female judges have been recommended for appointment at once.


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