Judges need Gender sensitisation, says Attorney General KK Venugopal

Team SoOLEGAL 4 Nov 2020 4:25pm

Judges need Gender sensitisation, says Attorney General KK Venugopal

On 2nd November, 2020, Attorney General had informed the Supreme Court, that a judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court gave bail to a molester on a condition that the accused must tie a rakhi to the victim. This particular judgement must be opposed and a judge must not give this type of judgements to any accused person as it serves no justice to the victim. The Attorney General decided to make proposals for an order to the Court to send a message that orders such as these are not admissible.

Nine women lawyers have filed an appeal to the Supreme Court against the order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court in which a bail was granted to an accused on condition that the accused will tie a rakhi to the victim in coming Raksha Bandhan ceremony. The Court requested the Attorney General to assist the court on a particular question of whether an order can be passed against judges who are passing similar order as the order of the Madhya Pradesh high Court. According to the Attorney General, this particular petition must educate judges of District or High Courts on the issue of gender sensitization.

The Attorney General was also of the view that a judge must not get carried away and he must restrict himself or herself on the facts of the case. The advocate who represented the nine women petitioners was of the view that orders like the one given in this case by Madhya Pradesh High Court are in clear violation of the principle of natural justice and the intent of Code of Criminal Procedure. He further stated that a judge must deal with accused(s) convicted of serious crimes, in a very strict and harsh manner  

The plea also stated about an order which was previously passed by Karnataka High Court, in which questions were asked about the integrity of the woman who alleged that a man had raped her after having few drinks at her workplace. A mass protest was conducted against that order and after that, the order was modified.

Previously, a similar application was also moved by an Ex Judge and a senior advocate indicating similar incidents where High court and Trial Court judges had passed some orders which were in favour of the accused persons who had committed serious crimes opposing the same. The next hearing of this case will be on 27th November, 2020 and the Attorney General with other lawyers have agreed to draft some conditions which must not be imposed by the judges while granting bail to an accused person.

Tagged: Attorney General   KK Venugopal   Supreme Court   Madhya Pradesh High Court   Criminal Procedure   Karnataka High Court   Trial Court judges  
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