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Women's representation in Judiciary

Almost everywhere, we can find gender disparity, and the Judiciary is no exception. Increasing women's involvement in the legal system is essential to achieve inclusive ideals of the constitution. At the higher level of the Judiciary, the number of women judges is still relatively insignificant. If we talk about the first female justice in the higher Judiciary, Fathima Beevi was the first female justice in the Supreme Court, appointed on October 06, 1989.

Why do we need more women in Judiciary?

  • To begin with, women's mere presence in the Judiciary at all levels will help empower women worldwide. Not only will this strengthen women, but also the law and society as a whole.

  • Moreover, in sexual violence and rape cases, women justice takes the legal law and the empathic viewpoint of their lives into account. It can eventually hold the power of improving the decision making of those cases.

Way forward:

  • Many young females start their careers in this field but cannot reach a higher level for one reason or another. The Judiciary itself has to make an initiative to increase the involvement of women. It doesn't imply giving any discriminative privilege to women. However, we must establish a system that will encourage women to come forward by giving them the appropriate opportunities—also, understanding why there are fewer women in the Judiciary and implementing solutions to resolve the issue.

Written by: Surbhi Agarwal



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