Need 50% Reservation for women in Judiciary- NV Ramana
Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana has advocated for more female involvement in the judicial system.
On September 26, while speaking at a felicitation celebration for him and the nine newly appointed judges organised by Supreme Court women advocates, the CJI pushed for a 50 percent quota for women in the judiciary.
He said that just 11.5 percent of the Supreme Court’s judges were female in the Court of Appeal. The CJI stated that he was pressing the administration to rectify various infrastructure facilities in order to solve the problems experienced by women’s advocates.
According to him, there is a dearth of women’s restrooms, which causes problems for even female officers.
Judiciary and Law Colleges
“It is your right… you are entitled to demand that (reservation in the judiciary and law colleges“.
Earlier this month, expressing concern over the low presence of women in the judiciary, Ramana said that “with great difficulty”, the Supreme Court has achieved a mere 11 percent representation of women on its bench. The apex court presently has four women judges among the 33 sitting judges.
“After 75 years of independence, one would expect at least 50 percent representation for women at all levels, but I must admit, with great difficulty we have now achieved a mere 11 percent representation of women on the bench of the Supreme Court,” Justice Ramana said. He said some states, because of reservation policy, may reveal higher representation but the reality remains that the legal profession still has to “welcome women into its fold”.
The apex court presently has four women judges — Justices Indira Banerjee, Hima Kohli, B V Nagarathna and Bela M Trivedi. History was created in the apex court on August 31 as for the first time nine judges, including three women, took oath of office at one go.
The strength of the top court has now risen to 33, including the CJI, out of the sanctioned strength of 34. Justice Nagarathna is in line to be the first woman CJI in September 2027.
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