Historic Moment As 3 Women Take Oath As Supreme Court Judges
In a historic moment for gender representation, three women took oath as judges of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
They are Justices Hima Kohli, BV Nagarathna and Bela M Trivedi, who are among the nine new appointees to the Supreme Court. With their appointments, the Supreme Court has four women judges – the highest ever- among 33 judges. The Supreme Court has had 11 women judges(including the new appointments) in its history so far.
Justice Hima Kohli
Justice Hima Kohli is elevated from the post of Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court. She was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Delhi High Court in 2006 and was made a permanent Judge the next year. She was made the Chief Justice of Telangana High Court in Januarythis year. At the Supreme Court, she will have a term till September 2, 2024.
Justice BV Nagarathna
Daughter of former Chief Justice of India ES Venkataramiah, Justice BV Nagarathna from Karnataka High Court might become the first woman Chief Justice of India in September 2027, if appointments go as per the seniority turn. Although her tenure as the CJI would only be for 36 days, India’s long wait for the first woman CJI would hopefully end. In an emotional farewell speech delivered by Justice BV Nagarathna on August 7, 2021, she had said,
“The message from this leaf in my book which I want women advocates to take note of is, that with access to the right opportunities, each one of you each one of you can achieve your dreams. I, therefore, urge each one of you to seek out these opportunities armed with faith in yourself and stride ahead to achieve all that you want to and also give back to society.”
Justice Bela M Trivedi
Justice Bela M Trivedi, the first woman judge from the Gujarat High Court to be appointed as the Supreme Court judge was elevated to the High Court as an additional judge on February 17, 2011. In June 2011, she was transferred as an additional judge of the Rajasthan High Court. She was transferred back to the Gujarat High Court in February 2016. During the period from 2003 to 2006, she served as the Law Secretary to ththe Gujarat Government. At the Supreme Court, she will have a term till June 10, 2025.