Recounting his experience about being stalked, he said “It is very hard to bear.”
He also expressed concern about the growing incidents of crime against women.
The CJI said most of the cases are coming from the poor strata of society, as they do not even bother about the punishment and consequence of the crime.
In addition, he said the living condition of people was one of the factors responsible for people to commit such crime.
“Why is it worse? They live on the land which is not theirs, they live on stolen water and electricity and there is no privacy also,” he said.
The society must address the issue. Stricter law and stringent punishment is not the answer but the society should provide them better facilities for improvement of their lifestyle, he said citing the example of labourers who lead their life on pavements and commit crime to fulfill their sexual urge without getting bothered about law and consequences.
The second senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Dipak Misra, cited the judgment in Nitish Katara murder case and said a girl’s freedom cannot be curtailed in the name of family honour.
“The girl’s individual choice is her self-respect. Creating a dent in it is destroying her honour,” he said.
“Freedom, independence, constitutional identity, individual thought of a women be a wife or sister or daughter or mother cannot be allowed to be curtailed definitely by physical force in the name of self assumed honour….which is medieval obsessive assumption,” he said.
“Anybody who curtails the choice and identity of a lady, I would like to call him medieval. For me, he belongs to medievalism,” Justice Misra said.
He also cited the views of great poet Rabindranath Tagore and also Swami Vivekananda towards women and also the rich Indian culture respecting the women in our society.
Justice R. Banumati, GSICC chairperson, said all women lawyers must be courageous and hardworking and set a role model for others.
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