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Women and Law

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In spite of equality guaranteed by the constitution, gender-just laws are still to be realized. Even within the existing laws, in issues directly linked to women's rights, the courts have been generally conservative. A series of judicial pronouncements by the Supreme Court and some High Courts have been particularly biased against the poor, as well as women. These objectionable and sweeping judgments have eroded the democratic rights of the people while negating previous progressive Acts such as the prohibition of child marriage or sati prohibition Act. The bias is also evident in the highly patriarchal and insensitive comments against working women or the uniform civil code.
Along with legal reforms what is required is the reform in the mentality of many of those sitting as dispensers of justice in the courts of justice. The law must be made gender -just along with being enforceable and the courts more accessible.