New milestone for Indian judiciary, all major High Courts headed by women judges

Ravi Kaushal
The judges presiding over the case are CJI J S Khehar (Sikh) and Justices Kurian Joseph (Christian), R F Nariman (Parsi), UU Lalit (Hindu) and Abdul Nazeer (Muslim).

New Delhi, April 8: The journey of women empowerment in India saw another milestone with the appointment of Indira Banerjee as the Chief Justice of Madras High Court. Her appointment completes the list of women judges who headed four major High Courts, Madras, Delhi, Calcutta and Bombay High Courts. The low no. of women judges in Indian judiciary has always been a matter of concern. Presently, Madras High Court has 53 male judges whereas the no. of women judges is meagerly 6 including the Chief Justice. Similar conditions could be seen in other high courts too.

Delhi High Court has 35 male judges outnumbering 9 women judges. The High Court was headed by G Rohini since April 13, 2014. The court may witness Justice Gita Mittal as next woman Chief Justice.

Calcutta High Court too had Woman Chief Justice Nishita Nirmal Mhatre who headed the court since December 1 last year.

However, Bombay High Court reversed the trend of low women judges ratio. The Bombay High Court is being headed by Manjula Chellur. She was appointed the Chief Justice on August 22 last year. The court has also the highest no. of women judges in India scaling up to 11 women judges against 61 male judges.

The ratio of women judges in comparison with male judges in India is a dismal low. Presently, only 68 women judges have been offering their services in 24 High Courts. Even, Supreme Court has one woman judge R Bhanumati out 28 judges.