Only 73 women judges in high courts: Govt tells Parl panel

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —PTI

New Delhi: Only 73 judges out of the 670 judges serv­ing in var­i­ous high courts are women, the gov­ern­ment has in­formed a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee.

The gov­ern­ment also pointed out that against the sanc­tioned strength of 1,079 judges as on March 23, 2018, only 670 judges are work­ing in 24 high courts of the coun­try, leav­ing 409 va­can­cies.

“There are 73 women judges work­ing in dif­fer­ent high courts as on March 23, 2018, which in per­cent­age terms is 10.89 per cent of the work­ing strength,” the Depart­ment of Jus­tice in the Law Min­istry in­formed the depart­ment-re­lated Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Law and Per­son­nel.

Re­spond­ing to the con­cerns of the par­lia­men­tary panel on in­ad­e­quate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women and peo­ple from marginalised com­mu­ni­ties, the min­istry said the Cen­tre had been re­quest­ing chief jus­tices of high courts that while send­ing pro­pos­als for ap­point­ment of judges, “due con­sid­er­a­tion” be given to “suitable can­di­dates” be­long­ing to sched­uled castes, sched­uled tribes and other back­ward classes, mi­nori­ties and women. “This is be­ing done to en­sure a fair rep­re­sen­ta­tion of dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the so­ci­ety in the higher ju­di­ciary,” the gov­ern­ment said.

It, how­ever, made it clear that there was no pro­posal to amend Ar­ti­cles 124 and 217 of the Con­sti­tu­tion to al­low reser­va­tion in the higher ju­di­ciary.

—PTI

A devo­tee takes a holy dip at Sarovar at Sri Har­mandir Sahib (Golden Tem­ple) on the birth an­niver­sary of the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, in Am­rit­sar on Sun­day

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