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Many women cite compulsions, reject the position of judge: Chief Justice of India SA Bobde | India News

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NEW DELHI: Many eminently suitable advocates turn down the invitation to become higher court judges citing domestic compulsions, especially the education of children, Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said Thursday, explaining the abysmal number of female judges in the superior courts.
This comment by the CJI, which was headed by a court composed of judges Sanjay K Kaul and Surya Kant, occurred during the hearing of a guilty plea presented by the Association of Women Lawyers of the Supreme Court that sought a fair representation of women among the HC judges. In front of an authorized force of 1,080 high court judges, only 661 are in office, including 73 women judges (11%).
Appearing for the association, defender Sneha Kalita said: “There is not even a whisper in the memorandum of procedure (MoP) for the appointment of judges on the appointment of women defenders as judges of higher courts.”
The CJI said: “If women are not mentioned in the MOP, then other vulnerable sectors of society are not mentioned either. But when we sit in the college, we deliberate on the suitability of women defenders, judicial officials, as well as defenders and judicial officials from vulnerable classes for appointment as HC judges.
“Many women, when offered the position of judges, refuse to say that their children are in Class 10 or 12 and other domestic compulsions. Not that all women say this. Many have accepted and performed well … We have the interest of women in mind and we are implementing it to the best of our ability. Designate good candidates and we will consider them for appointment as HC judges. ”
When Lead Advocate Vikas Singh and Advocate Shobha pointed out that even after 71 years of Constitution work, India did not have a CJI woman, Judge Bobde said: would become the CJI. The time has come for a CJI woman. ”
Women began practicing law after the ban on their entry was lifted in 1923. But so far, of the 247 SC judges, only eight have been women: Fathima Beevi (1987), Sujata Manohar, Ruma Pal, Gyan Sudha Mishra, Ranjana Desai, R Banumathi, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee. While the Madras High Court has 13 female judges, the highest among the HCs, there are no female judges in the HCs in the states of Manipur, Meghalaya, Bihar, Tripura and Uttarakhand.

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