As on September 1, 2020, there are 2 women judges in the Supreme Court, Ravi Shankar Prasad said (File)
There are only two women judges in the Supreme Court and 78 in different high courts of the country, the federal government notified Parliament on Wednesday.
In a written reply to a concern in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said the details of the female judges in the tribunals are not maintained centrally as they are administered by different ministries or departments of the government.
The information of the female judges in the secondary judiciary are likewise not kept centrally as the subject falls within the domain of the high courts and state federal governments, he included.
” As on September 1, 2020, there are 2 females judges in the Supreme Court and 78 ladies judges in various High Courts,” Mr Prasad stated.
He said the Supreme Court has actually a sanctioned strength of 34 judges and two of them are women.
According to the data supplied by the minister, the maximum of 11 ladies judges remain in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, followed by nine in the Madras High Court and eight each in the high courts of Delhi and Bombay.
The information stated the high courts of Patna, Manipur, Meghalaya, Telangana, Tripura and Uttarakhand do not have any woman judge.
There is only a woman judge each in the high courts of Gauhati, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Sikkim.
On whether the federal government is taking actions to increase the representation of females in the judiciary and whether reservation would be provided to enhance their strength, the minister stated the visits of high court judges are made under Articles 217 and 224 of the Constitution.
” These Articles do not offer reservation for any caste or class of individual consisting of females. The Government has, nevertheless, been requesting the Chief Justices of the High Courts that while sending out proposals for visit of Judges, due factor to consider be offered to ideal candidates coming from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Minorities and Ladies,” he stated.
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