Former SCBA President seeks 33% reservation for women as judges


Former Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh has written to the Chief Justice of India seeking to fill in one third of vacancies of judges in the High Courts and Supreme Court with women judges.

Vikram Singh is a senior lawyer and a three-time President of the SCBA, who has pointed out inadequate representation of women in higher judiciary. According to him, out of the 25 High Courts in the country, the High Courts of Patna, Uttarakhand, Tripura, Meghalaya and Manipur don’t have a single woman judge. There are totally only 103 women judges as against 670 male judges in the higher judiciary.
Now that the Women’s Representation Bill has been passed in the Parliament, reserving one third of the seats in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies for women, he suggested that the same system could be followed here to fill the high courts and Supreme Court with women judges.


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