In this male-dominated world of higher judiciary, there is a silver lining – women now head the four and oldest high courts in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.
Indian created history with the appointment of Indira Banerjee as the chief justice of Madras High Court on 31st March this year. Comparatively, Madras HC has 53 male judges and 6 women judges including the chief justice.
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While Bombay HC, Delhi HC and Calcutta high court are headed by Honourable Justice Manjula Chellur, Justice G Rohini and Justice Nishita Nirmal Mhatre respectively.
Among these female judges in the top positions, Yasmin Khan, a 28-year old Muslim girl from Sujangarh district in Rajasthan created buzz last year, when she qualified Rajasthan Judicial Services Exams and was appointed as a judicial magistrate.
She was mere 27 years old when she was appointed as the youngest judge in Honourable Rajasthan HC. She obtained the 58th rank in the statewide held exams. This was the first attempt she gave to the highly-competitive examination.
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The law graduate also made a good name in state level sports. While she won a gold medal in LLB which she cleared in 2013. She loves Badminton and Singing and won a lot of beauty contests as well.
Belonging to a middle-class family, her achievements inspires a lot of women in her locality as well as her district. Her father is employed in Kendriya Vidyalaya of Bikaner. She obtained 58th rank in the statewide held judiciary examination.
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“My success is a message to a section of the society. Those who believe that daughters are weak and end up being a burden on parents should now change their mindset,” she was quoted as saying by Rajasthan Patrika.
India needs more of Yasmeen Khan’s as role models for our society in general and girls in particular. The story of Yasmin conveys a strong message to all Muslim and other families as well who end up killing their daughters (infanticide).