The Role of Judiciary in Women Empowerment in India

Authors

  • Vyanjna Saini Research Scholar, Motherhood University, Roorkee,
  • Shweta Srivastava Assistant Professor, Motherhood University, Roorkee

Keywords:

Judiciary, Women Empowerment, Women's Rights, Discrimination

Abstract

Women's empowerment is the most effective weapon for development, according to this statement
(Kofi Annan). The role of the judiciary in empowering women in India has been instrumental in
addressing longstanding gender disparities and advancing women's rights. This research paper
provides a concise overview of the key contributions of the Indian judiciary to women's empowerment.
In a country where women have historically faced systemic discrimination and inequality, the judiciary
has played a pivotal role in ensuring their rights and status are protected and elevated. Historically,
India has struggled with gender-based disparities deeply rooted in societal norms and traditions.
Discrimination against women in areas such as education, employment, and personal freedom was
widespread. The Indian judiciary has responded by interpreting the Constitution and enacting legal
reforms to promote gender equality. Landmark judgments have set crucial precedents in addressing
sexual harassment and marital rape. These decisions have been pivotal in empowering women and
raising awareness of their rights. The judiciary's proactive stance on women's issues, particularly
through judicial activism, has been a driving force behind women's empowerment. Despite these
advancements, challenges and criticisms exist. The judiciary's caseload often leads to delayed justice,
and some argue that certain judgments have fallen short of addressing complex women's issues
adequately. However, the overall impact of the judiciary on Indian society has been profound. The
number of women in both economic and political positions has increased and gender-based violence is
increasingly being addressed. This research paper concludes by emphasizing the importance of the
judiciary's role in promoting women's empowerment in India. While challenges persist, the judiciary's
proactive approach, landmark judgments, and legal reforms have undeniably contributed to improving
the status and rights of women in the Indian. The judiciary in India stays the same a cornerstone in
ongoing struggle for gender equality and women's empowerment in the nation.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10444931

Author Biographies

Vyanjna Saini, Research Scholar, Motherhood University, Roorkee,

Research Scholar, Motherhood University, Roorkee,

Shweta Srivastava, Assistant Professor, Motherhood University, Roorkee

Assistant Professor, Motherhood University, Roorkee

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Published

15-12-2023

How to Cite

Vyanjna Saini, & Shweta Srivastava. (2023). The Role of Judiciary in Women Empowerment in India. RECENT RESEARCHES IN SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES, 10(4), 56–61. Retrieved from https://ijorr.in/ojs/index.php/rrssh/article/view/111