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For the First time in Judicial History all Four Metros have Women Chief Justices, but still they are only 10%

April,8,2017:

Woman Judges grossly outnumbered by Men
Woman Judges grossly outnumbered by Men

Women Account For Only 10% Of 632 Justices.

In the male-dominated world of the higher judiciary, there’s a silver lining -women now head the 4 oldest & major High Courts in Delhi, Mumbai,  Kolkata & Chennai.

With appointment of Justice Indira Banerjee as chief justice of the Madras High Court on 31st March, women created history by heading the 4 historical High Courts, which’re among the 1st few created in the colonial India.

Madras HC has only 6 women judges, including the chief justice, while there’re 53 male judges.

Bombay HC is headed by Justice Manjula Chellur, she became Bombay High Court chief justice on 22nd August last year.

Incidentally, Bombay HC has highest number of women judges, i.e. 11, as against 61 male judges. The number 2 in the High Court is also a woman, Justice VM Tahilramani.

Women Chief Justices of India
Women Chief Justices of India

Delhi High Court has been headed by Justice G Rohini since 13th April 2014.

HC of Delhi has 9 women judges & 35 male judges. Here as well, the number 2 is a woman, Justice Gita Mittal.

Calcutta High Court has been headed by chief justice Nishita Nirmal Mhatre since 1st December last year. But this HC has a comparatively poor women-to-men-judge ratio -i.e. 4 to 35.

Among the 632 High Court judges in 24 High Courts, there are only 68 women judges, i.e. a mere 10.7%. There is just 1 woman judge, Justice R Banumathi, among 28 judges in the Supreme Court of India.

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