G Rohini, Ex Delhi High Court Chief Justice spoke on the importance of implementing laws that protect women at a seminar on judicial reforms organised by Bar Association of India on Saturday.  “Our high courts and the Supreme Court do not have even 10% of woman judges to ensure implementation of women protection laws,” said Rohini.

She emphasized on the need for the society and government to ensure that crimes against women face trial in court so that justice prevails.

“Increase number of courts, streamline their trials and increase the number of woman judges for delivering justice to women,” she said, TOI reported.

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“Women can compete and secure posts in judiciary on their own, but what we need is will power to allow them in,” she said. Rohini prompted that education and financial freedom alone won’t make women truly free. “We must allow them to take decisions on various aspects of their lives,” she said.

She spoke of women from various walks of life and the shackles that stop them while talking about some of the  choices that even financially uplifted women are not free to make, like future planning, marriage, leading a life of their wish.

“Laws and their effective implementation are equally important to achieve gender equality,” said Rohini, the head of All-India OBC Subcategorisation Commission.

“Women can compete and secure posts in judiciary on their own, but what we need is will power to allow them in,” she said. Rohini prompted that education and financial freedom alone won’t make women truly free. “We must allow them to take decisions on various aspects of their lives,” she said.

She talked about the concerning case of reservation of seats for women in panchayat raj and municipal institutions which their husbands take over indirectly and reduce the women’s position to mere rubber stamps.

“Society must allow women to function on their own. Let them take decisions. Let them face the consequences of such decisions with grace,” she said.

Rohini reflected on some of the most common crimes against women like, domestic violence, trafficking of women, open atrocities on women. Further, she said that the law enforcing agencies must address them with an “iron fist”.

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