Lahore: According to the recent reports, Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa has presented his view on the selection of women judges in the Supreme Court. On Sunday, he hinted at women judges to be part of the Supreme Court in the near future.
The Punjab Judicial Academy (PJA) and the Lahore High Court (LHC) have held the ‘3rd Women Judges Conference’ here on Sunday. While addressing the concluding session of the ‘3rd Women Judges Conference’, Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa has praised the women judges of the country which are deputed at district and high courts.
While praising their performance, he stated,
“Our women judges have proven their abilities through their verdicts and, by the way, they have handled complex cases. We have 300 women judges in district courts and we hope to have at least one or two in the Supreme Court soon. I had an opportunity to propose two names and they are being actively considered. The role of women in our society is vital and it is increasing day by day.”
The CJP explained how women judged have managed to make their own space in the male dominated society.
“Women judges have to take certain steps to survive in the male-dominated environment. But all judgments should be passed according to the law. Be firm but also be fair.”
Referring to the women’s protection, he stated that Pakistani courts are working for it for the past 50 years. To ensure women’s rights and their protection, women judges should be appointed to deal with matters more effectively.
He went on saying that he had the opportunity to propose two female judges’ names for the apex court. Moreover, during the process, some female candidates were also “actively considered”.
“We should make women independent in other spheres of society as well,” he added.
He stated that women judged’ behavior is the most important thing. He asserted that “Courtroom’s environment depends upon your behavior that doesn’t require unnecessary strictness. Judges are entitled to dispense justice, and if they don’t, there isn’t any difference between you and a common man.”
CJ Khosa further remarked that “Female judges should free themselves from mental stress and discharge their duties in a convenient environment.”