SC to hear plea on social security for women lawyers

New Delhi: The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a petition by a woman lawyer seeking security and safety for women lawyers in court premises in the wake of daylight murder UP’s first woman Bar Council President in Agra.

A vacation bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant terming it as a serious matter scheduled it for further hearing on June 25.

Darvesh Singh Yadav was shot dead on the premises of Agra court recently. The petition has been filed by Indu Kaul.

Yadav was shot thrice by another lawyer Manish Sharma, who had known to be her long-time acquaintance.

The petitioner also sought a CBI probe into Yadav’s murder, who was killed days after she won the election. Kaul also sought direction to the Centre , Uttar Pradesh government, and the Bar Council of India to adequately compensate the family members of the deceased, and also formalize a social security scheme for women lawyers.

“Women advocates are vulnerable in all courts across the country. A woman advocate has to fight her illness, old age, family conditions throughout her life, as there is no social security provided by bar councils or associations,” said the petition.


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