Ban sought on advocate duo for comments in documentary

Ban sought on advocate duo for comments in documentary

Enraged by “outrageous” comments of two advocates in the BBC documentary 'India's Daughter', the Supreme Court Women Lawyers’ Association on Thursday urged the apex court to restrict their entry into the court premises for fomenting insecurity in women colleagues.

The remarks made by advocates M L Sharma and A P Singh, who represented accused in the December 16 Delhi gang-rape case, created an atmosphere of terror and an apprehension of misbehaviour among female lawyers, they claimed.

The women lawyers' association represented through secretary Prerna Kumari contended that both the counsels made such statements forgetting completely that they were the protectors of justice.

“The comments made in the documentary are inhuman, scandalous, unjustifiable, biased, outrageous, and an affront to the dignity of women, especially women practising in the SC. These comments have caused a sense of insecurity, indignation and fear among the female lawyers,” they said.

The petition filed by advocate Mahalakshmi Pavani is likely to come up before a bench presided over by Chief Justice H L Dattu on Friday.

Among others, the petitioners sought direction to the registrar to restrict the entry of both Sharma and Singh the apex court premises under regulation 7(2) of the Gender Sensitisation and Sexual Harassment of Women at the Supreme Court of India (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Regulations, 2013.

The petitioner also requested the court to direct the GSSH committee to take action against Sharma and sensitise him towards the dignity and rights of women. 

The women advocates also sought public apology from both “ill-minded and unethical” lawyers for making alleged derogatory comments and objectifying women.

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