SC adjourns hearing on ‘demeaning women issue’ in documentary

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing on a petition filed by an association of women lawyers seeking action against the two advocates for making disparaging and demeaning remarks on women in a BBC documentary on the December 16 gang-rape case.

In its petition, the Supreme Court women lawyers association in its petition sought restriction on the entry of advocate M L Sharma and A P Singh, who made derogatory comments on women in the documentary and had also appeared in favour of the accused in the December 16 gang-rape case, in the premises of the zenith court.

The petition sought protection of fundamental rights, guaranteed under the Constitution dealing with Equality before law, in this case the instance of the female advocates practicing in the apex court to work with dignity and without any gender bias.

“The present petition is necessitated due to the ignominy and the direct attack on the dignity of women, especially women lawyers practicing in the Supreme Court, who have suffered due to the statements made and publicized by two male lawyers, and specially the respondent no. 1 (Sharma), who regularly practices in the Supreme Court,” it said.

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