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SC Women Lawyers Association seeks records, plans of the Gender Sensitization Committee

Murali Krishnan

The Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association (Association) has now approached the Supreme Court seeking a slew of directions to the Gender Sensitization and Internal Complaints Redressal Committee (GSICC) of the Supreme Court. In an application filed through Secretary Prerna Kumari, the Association has sought for disclosure of the record of all activities of the GSICC and a direction to submit a plan of action.

The application has been filed in the petition filed against advocates ML Sharma and AP Singh seeking restrictions on their entry into the Supreme Court.

The GSICC itself was formed as a result of a petition in the Supreme Court filed by advocate Binu Tamta. The GSICC is tasked with various responsibilities including framing policy and conducting workshops and seminars for gender sensitization, training members and volunteers to handle sexual harassment cases and take measures to ensure a safe working environment at the Supreme Court. It is also responsible for constituting the Internal Complaints Committee to enquire into complaints of sexual harassment.

The Association in its application has sought for disclosure of the record of all activities of the GSICC conducted till date including number of meetings convened by it, sensitization programmes conducted and number of members trained etc. It has also sought for a direction to be given to the GSICC to submit a detailed plan of the steps/ action taken with regard to its duties.

When the application was taken up on Monday this week, the Bench of Justices Gopala Gowda and AK Goel, issued notice to the GSICC.