Women For The Justice, With The Justice, By The Justice
Recently, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud concerningly stated that:
the negligible number of women judges in supreme court is a matter of concern
and is very disheartening at the same time.
At present there are only 80 women judges out of 1,113 judges in told.
Out of these 80 there were only 2 in SC and now the number has reduced to 1
after the retirement of Justice Indu Malhotra, the rest 78 are spread out to
various District Courts across India.
The questions that arise here are:
- Why are there a smaller number of women judges in the higher courts of
- What is the cause of such a low number?
- Does this impact the judgement of a case?
For years, women have been regarded as:
The statute of the kitchen
societal pressures and stigmas that a woman is entitled to run the household,
give birth to kids and make sacrifices for her family has been a rudimentary
force for the stagnation of a woman’s growth. Judiciary is a field which
requires your soul commitment and dedication. The fact that the number of male
judges is more than female judges is a representation of society’s thought
process in itself. Men are given the resources, the support, the boost to follow
their dreams without any restraints or conditions, whereas even in today’s
progressive world women are bound by various chains of promises, commitments and
If this progressive society becomes solicitous and changes the
perception towards orthodox thinking patterns, the chances of women following
their dreams and cracking judiciary examination or even opt for the same will
The increased number of female judges will not only inspire other women to
achieve what they dream of by breaking all the dishonouring barriers but also
create a safe and more conducive environment for all the females who come in
contact with the court. The pressures and discomfort a woman might feel while
being questioned by a male judge can hamper the judgment of the case leading to
Having a greater number of women judges and having them to handle
major cases, especially the ones including sexual abuse can help the passing of
a just judgement to a very large extent. Women bring a different perspective
which can ultimately bring a broader sense and clarity while passing a judgement.
This will not only sensitise gender equality but also promote the idea that
women are no less than men and can-do wonders if given the right guidance and
To increase the participation of women in judiciary field one needs to be
aware and educated enough to not restrict women to the four walls of house, to
not tie them with orthodox ideologies and to support their decisions and respect
them enough to let them follow their dreams. A better, empathetic way of
judicial working can be achieved by more number of women judges.
Written By: Sanika Javdekar
, MIT-WPU,Pune, FY BBA.LLB