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