NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court bench led by CJI SA Bobde ordered stay on the implementation of the controversial three farm laws and asked the protestors to send women, children and elders back home.
CJI asked, "what are women doing at the protest site?"
To advocate AP Singh, CJI stressed that he has recorded their assurance that women won't partake in the present protests.
This judgment of CJI Bobde led to anger on social media where netizens accused him of regarding women as second class citizens whose actions should be dictated by their men.
Users pointed out how since history, more women have conducted protests against the government and other issues like dowry deaths, triple talaq law, Nirbhaya case, and CAA protests.
Added to that, a good percentage of Indian farmers are women and therefore, they are protesting for their lives and livelihood.
Netizens also pointed out how the lawyer who recorded the statement, AP Singh, is the same person who represented Nirbhaya rapists and made sexist comments about women's rights and mobility.
Former justice Indira Jaisingh and journalist Sagarika Ghosh slammed this remark made by the CJI Bobde.
Dear Mr Chief Justice, citizenship of India is a right irrespective of gender and every citizen has the right to protest if they believe a law is unjust. If India’s head jurist asks why “women” are at a protest, what tone does this set for gen public? #FarmersProtest https://t.co/ezwUChGxdy— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) January 12, 2021
We have a CJI who thinks women can't/shouldn't protest. Only men can be farmers for him I guess https://t.co/AP0YN9dB2W— Nirav Patani (@nirav_patani) January 12, 2021
Presenting you the Supreme Court in India, ladies and gentlemen - "No women in protests" https://t.co/34faON6w1w— Mohak Mangal (@mohakmangal) January 12, 2021
What a strange thing for the SC to say. Do women not have the right to protest??? https://t.co/TN3jJB17qu— Rahul Puri (@rahulpuri) January 12, 2021
Who is the CJ to tell us women that we cannot participate in protests? This is not a patriarchal rashtra where women have no rights. https://t.co/sezW1UGfG6— Sabina Basha (@SabinaBasha) January 12, 2021
The men have decided where the women should go, and what they should do. Thanks. https://t.co/ocx2wNBShe— Shantanu (@shantanub) January 12, 2021
East India Company: We will record that elders like Gandhi, Acharya Kripalani, etc and women like Sarojini Naidu, Annie Besant will not participate in the protests. https://t.co/zMlfmPvp45— Upright (@GATHOBIAS) January 12, 2021
98 million Indian women in agriculture: 2011 census— Supriya Sharma (@sharmasupriya) January 12, 2021
Women should not protest against the farm laws: Supreme Court https://t.co/QEkhNSxdAl
So far, the Supreme Court has put on hold the implementation of the three laws and named a committee to suggest — in two months.
The committee has;
SC asked the Central government to bear all expenses for the committee to hold sittings at Delhi
The controversial laws are;
Netizens also pointed out how the members of the committee are pro-farm laws.