DHARWAD, October 12: Regretting the presence of only 53 woman judges out of the 600 high court judges in the country, senior advocate and former chairperson of State Women’s Commission Pramila Nesargi has highlighted the need for a minimum of 20 per cent reservation for woman judges in the high courts across the country.
Addressing press persons here on Sunday, Ms. Nesargi pointed out that there were only two woman judges in the Supreme Court and said that important it was to ensure adequate representation to woman judges in the judiciary.
Emphasising the need for the woman advocates in the state to remain united to strengthen the bargaining power, Ms Nesargi was critical of attempts by few woman advocates to form a new association.
Reduce it to 18
On the Madras High Court’s recent observation on increasing the minimum age of marriage for girls to 21 or more than 18, she said that as per the law the minimum age for marriage is 18 years for girls and 21 years for boys. In order to ensure equality what was required was bringing down the minimum age for marriage for boys to 18 years, she contended.
She termed the rape case filed by the singer and businessman couple against head of Ramachandrapur Math Raghaveshwara Bharati Swami as a conspiracy to spoil the image of the seer and said that only a fair trial would bring out the truth.
Referring to the latest post-mortem reports by doctors in which it has been said that Sunanda Pushkar’s death was due to poison, Ms Nesargi demanded immediate arrest of MP and former union minister Shashi Tharoor.