Why the Collegium should consider appointing more women to the top magistracy
As stated by the South African Commission on Judicial Services (2010), it is also important to keep in mind the message that is sent to the wider community whenever a Supreme Court appointment is made. taken. Therefore, for the Supreme Court to show its commitment to the agenda of women’s empowerment and better representation of all genders in the justice system, it is essential that India receives a female judge. chief. However, the same remains a distant reality from now on.
After the recent retirement of two eminent Supreme Court justices, Indu Malhotra and Judge R. Banumathi, there is only one female judge on the Apex Court, Judge Indira Banerjee who is also due to take her retire in 2022. Having a female judge and a male The dominated Supreme Court hardly seems fair in a country where 48 percent of the population is female and the focus is increasingly on improving representation women in all pillars of democracy. The new college of the Supreme Court, headed by the 48e Chief Justice NV Ramana is charged with a huge but necessary imperative to reduce the gender disparity in the Indian justice system.
Former Chief Justice, SA Bobde said “the time has come for a female Chief Justice of India” but her actions indicated otherwise when it was up to him and the college he headed to appoint. Judge BV Nagarathna of the High Court of Karnataka.
Justice Nagarathna is ranked 46 on the Supreme Court’s seniority list who might one day have become chief justice. However, the college led by CJI Bobde failed to come to a consensus for his appointment and it now shows just how important the glass ceiling in the justice system is becoming more and more important with each passing day.