Amendment of Advocates Act, 1961 and reservation for female advocates proposed due to lack of representation

In a recent development, a group of 300 female lawyers from Mumbai, Maharashtra have sought for reservation of female advocates in the Bar Council of India as well as the State Bar Councils. They have also proposed for an amendment of the Advocates Act, 1961. the same they have written to the newly appointed Union Minister Kiren Rijiju.

This came after a realisation that there is no female member in the Bar Council of India. Such a minor representation of women has brought forth the current proposition.

According to the data available on the websites of the State Bar Council there is no representation of females in at least 10 of the State Bar Council.

They have further cited the Indian Constitution where the values of gender equality are enshrined. It is contended that the profession has very little female representation and thus issues of women are not taken into account. It further states that due to lack of representation women lawyers are not able to contribute their functions of the Bar Councils.

While quoting sections 7 (1) (d) and 6(1)(d) of the Advocates Act, safeguarding the rights of advocates are further referred. It is argued that in absence of women representation it gets tough to address issues that concern women advocates.

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