Justice Gita Mittal: “Women lawyers are hampered by systematic discrimination and gender barriers.”

Team SoOLEGAL 4 Dec 2020 4:18pm

Justice Gita Mittal: “Women lawyers are hampered by systematic discrimination and gender barriers.”

Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal attended a conference in the Constitution Day Forum on “Reimagining and Transforming the future of Law Schools, and Legal Education: Confluence of ideas during and beyond Covid 19” and the university that organised this was Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University. There she addressed that these days many women are graduating as lawyers but female lawyers are not given equal importance as males. Women at workplace are often not promoted to higher position or given equal worth as men. Even though it is considered that men will work as counter parts but the reality lies different.

Justice Mittal says that women lawyers have a glass type ceiling over their head and gets promotion in work till that and not above.

According to Justice Mittal, there are 673 High Court Judges across the country and only 73 of them happen to be female, she being the only Chief Justice among 28 High Courts of India. Supreme Court of India has been established 70 years ago, and there have been only 8 female judges appointed since then. At present, there are all total 30 judges in the Supreme Court of India, only 2 of them being women. Gender discrimination and biased towards men are there in law firms and subordinate courts as well. In law firms, women are given to perform on less challenging or less important works and they get less professional remuneration paid as compared to men.

In a gathering that took place in August, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University and Founding Dean of Jindal Global Law School said that, women leadership should be given preference and that might bring change and improvement in legal education, profession and judiciary.

According to Ms. Raveena Sethia, Alumni of JGLS and Associate at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, women are taken for granted to behave in a particular manner and cannot go beyond that. She says that the major role would be to break these stereotypical mentalities.

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