Law & Governance

'Don't Bring Women To Protests': CJI's Sexist Judgment Conjures Anger

BP World Bureau | Jan 13 2021 10:38:25 AM
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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.

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; 

  1. Bhupinder Singh Mann - National President, Bhartiya Kisan Union and All India Kisan Coordination Committee
  2. Pramod Kumar Joshi - Agricultural Economist and Director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute
  3. Ashok Gulati - Agricultural Economist and Former Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices
  4. Anil Ghanwat - President, Shetkari Sanghatana.

SC asked the Central government to bear all expenses for the committee to hold sittings at Delhi

The controversial laws are; 

  1. Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020
  2. Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020
  3. Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020

Netizens also pointed out how the members of the committee are pro-farm laws.