- Since independence India has got only 6 female judged in the Supreme Court.
- First time in the history of Kerala, the state high court has four female judges.
The doors of Indian judiciary is particularly not too open to women as India is yet to have a female chief justice of Supreme Court, the highest position of judiciary. In fact since independence, India has got only 6 female judged in the apex court.
However, the recent development shows that women are breaking the tradition and venturing into the otherwise men dominated world of judiciary. With the recent appointment of Justice Indira Banerjee as the Chief Justice of Madras High Court, first time in India’s history 4 high courts have women chief justices at the moment.
Apart from Justice Indira Banerjee of Madras high court, Justice Manjula Chellur is chief justice of Bombay high court, Justice Gorla Rohini is chief justice of Delhi high court and Justice Nishita Nirmal Mhatre is the acting chief justice of Calcutta high court. Also, first time in the history of Kerala, the state high court has four female judges.
This is a remarkable achievement in a country that has only 69 women judges in 24 high courts that have a total 652 judges, according to livelaw.com. In fact, 8 high courts in India do not have female judges at the moment.
Though, the Indian judiciary needs many more women judges than what it has right now but surely, these remarkable women have been role models for many and paved the way for future aspirants.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:41 PM IST