News By/Courtesy: Vagish | 18 May 2019 20:28pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Women lawyers have written an open letter to the BCI chairman expressing regret for his statements made in a document made under his official authority.
  • The lawyers have also complained in the letter about the BCI's use of the letterhead of the Bar Council of India in circulating such appeal and this would be a grave abuse of use of such office.
  • The letter was signed by WOICE in Law. (Women of India for Collaboration and Empowerment in Law – A platform for women legal leaders).

Women lawyers have written an open letter to the BCI chairman expressing regret for his statements made in a document made under his official authority.  The occasion for the letter is the report dated 13th May 2019 reporting the BCI's call for a silent protest to be held as a part of the “Mee too Movement” pursuant to his earlier “Appeal to the members of the legal community”.  The letter stressed on certain portions of the letter as stated below.  "We should not forget that our Judiciary is only responsible for such complaints (mostly malicious) being encouraged today…" "…The oral testimony of the prosecutrix is enough to convict under Section 354 and 376 IPC, Why? We are not in 18th century, that no one can presume that a female will never make such allegations to falsely implicate her enemies. We have great respect for our women. But time has changed, we must keep in mind. …"

"Bar is hopeful that our Judges would now realise the problems, the mental and physical agony of the common men. So long our traditional laws, Evidence Act were properly applied by our Law Courts, we found 90% cases resulting in acquittals; but when our Honourable, Learned, Experienced, Knowledgeable Judges started keeping the settled principles of Evidence Act is kept in(sic) waste paper boxes, the incidents of false implications started increasing and today we have reached this situation."

"When Indian Judiciary and our Legislature are treating such offences of Section 354 of 376 IPC as very serious, then why should not there be some period of limitation for reporting such offences?...".  The women lawyers have expressed their concern on the irresponsible and uninformed views voiced by the chairman of BCI. The letter particularly stated that the  generalisations regarding women made in your statement are extremely objectionable and undermine the small steps towards realising gender equality and justice, that have been made over several decades. Further they have also raised the issue that the BCI suggested that mostly complaints are malicious and falsely implicating.  The lawyers have also complained in the letter about the BCI's use of the letterhead of the Bar Council of India in circulating such appeal and this would be a grave abuse of use of such office.  The women lawyers have hence, called upon the chairman to publicly retract the said Appeal, and to express public regret for your irresponsible, retrograde statements perpetuating misogynistic stereotypes. The letter was signed by WOICE in Law. (Women of India for Collaboration and Empowerment in Law – A platform for women legal leaders).

Section Editor: Shreyashi Tiwari | 18 May 2019 20:31pm IST


Tags : #BCI #Women #Lawyers #Open_Letter #Crtisize #Discontent #Anger

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