Gender Sensitization is a basic requirement to understand the emotional needs
of a particular gender. It helps us in examining our attitude and beliefs
associated with a particular gender.
Initiating positive thoughts on gender issues will enable the future generations
to empathise with the difficulties of other genders and in turn stop them from
practising gender discrimination.
Gender sensitisation of judges in High Courts and trial courts are the need of
Women’s groups and advocates and child rights activists in India generally merge
on the point that marrying off a rape survivor to the rapist is a time tested
ploy by rapists to escape punishment or a lengthy sentence.
In light of this, the Supreme Court suggested that gender sensitisation training
should be imparted to judges and public prosecutors.
It should be ensured that there’s more representation of women at all levels of
the judiciary, including the Supreme Court.
Recently, the Supreme Court issued 12 guidelines for the lower courts to keep in
mind while writing judgments - judges should not include any word that would
shake the confidence of the survivor
In all cases where bail is granted, the complainant should directly be informed
that the accused has been granted bail.
The Court further stated that courts should avoid gender inferences such as- Good women are sexually chaste
Motherhood is the duty of women.
As per the Supreme Court, the judges have an important responsibility to base
their decisions on law and fact in evidence, and not engage in gender
This step of the Supreme Court is praise worthy and will hopefully strengthen
the fight of gender equality in India.