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Gender inequality much? High courts have 534 male judges, 61 female judges

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 31 August 2016, 17:49 IST

In the existing 24 high courts in India, there are 534 male judges compared to only 61 female judges. This gap in the appointment of judges suggests huge gender disparity in the courts in the country. Eight high courts do not have a single woman judge.

The ratio of women judges in the apex court is less than a mere 4% - one woman judge in the current bench of 28% judges. The sanctioned strength is of 31 judges, but the appointment procedure nullifies the desired number.

The Allahabad High Court has recently recommended 44 names for the appointment of judges with only two women judge on the list. Delhi High Court is headed by G Rohin and 28% of its sitting judge is comprised of women. However, in Mumbai High Court, 10 of the 64 judges are women. Delhi court ranks at number two as far as women representation is concerned.

As a matter of fact, there is not one woman judge in High Courts of Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Uttarakhand.

Topping the list is Sikkim High Court as many as 50% of the judges are women.

First published: 31 August 2016, 17:49 IST
 
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