Women In Judiciary On The Rise

Women Judges for High Court

In a first, the Hyderabad High Court has created history with three women judges on its rolls, acting Chief Justice of the HC Ramesh Ranganathan announced on Thursday. According to Justice Ramesh, the number of women in judiciary has never gone this high ever since this high court was established.

Justice Ramesh announced this during the Republic Day celebrations in the lawns of the court.

Besides the three women judges in the high court, the Acting CJ also highlighed statistics revealing that women’s participation at the district level judiciary is also increasing.

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Twelve out of the 25 principal district judges who are currently placed as unit heads in 25 districts of AP and Telangana are women (almost 50 per cent). The data also showed about 23 per cent of the total district judges are women.

While 28 per cent of women are working at the level of senior civil judges, the junior civil judges in the two states are filled up by 47 per cent women.

Adding a special message to maintain and improve this trend, the Acting CJ said: “While the increase in the number of women judges in different cadres is a matter of immense satisfaction, what needs to be addressed is the lack of enthusiasm in women joining the Bar in large numbers,” TOI reports.

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He also spoke about the need to encourage young advocates from underprivileged sections, saying that they are quitting and going in search of greener pastures.

There was loud cheering when Justice Ramesh declared the rise of participation of women so proudly. And, why not? At a time when the whole nations is facing burning issues like women’s safety, human trafficking and crimes against women, the high court’s announcement brings in hope.

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