A Historic Move: Supreme Court Of India Gets Three Women Judges For The First Time!

A Historic Move: Supreme Court Of India Gets Three Women Judges For The First Time!

With the appointment of Justice Indira Banerjee, for the first time, the Supreme Court of India will have three sitting women judges on the bench.

Justice Banerjee is the eighth woman to be appointed as the judge in the Supreme Court and she will retire on September 23, 2022. She was appointed as a judge of Calcutta High Court on February 5, 2002. She, then, became the Chief Justice of Madras High Court on April 5, 2017.

Before her, Indu Malhotra became the first senior woman advocate to be directly appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court. Justice R Bhanumathi is the senior-most judge out of the three women in the Supreme Court. She was elevated to SC on August 13, 2014 and will retire on July 19, 2020.    

This is for the first time that India will have three sitting female judges in the Supreme Court. Isn't that amazing? At least on the bench, we will have a more balanced representation and this is a win we should all celebrate.

In other news, here are some facts about women in SC that you would love to read.

1. Justice Fathima Beevi became the first woman judge of the SC in 1989.

2. Supreme Court came into existence in 1950. It took 39 years for the court to see its first woman judge.

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3. Justice Sujata V Manohar, who started her career from Bombay High Court, became the second female judge of the Supreme Court on November 8, 1994.

4.  After Justice Manohar, from January 28, 2000 to June 2, 2006, Justice Ruma Pal became the longest-serving women judge.

5. Justice Gyan Sudha Misra joined Supreme Court after four years Justice Pal's exit, on April 30, 2010.

6. As Justice Gyan Sudha Misra was joined by Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai on September 13, 2011, the two created history by holding court together as an all-women bench for a day in 2013.     

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Way to go, ladies! So very proud as a woman and a citizen of the country!

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