Supreme Court judge Jasti Chelameswar today appealed to women to seek political power through equal representation in legislative bodies in a bid to resolve various problems being faced by them.
Supreme Court judge Jasti Chelameswar today appealed to women to seek political power through equal representation in legislative bodies in a bid to resolve various problems being faced by them. “Educate your sisters, organise them, and demand for equal participation in every sphere of governance in this country, and you will be able to achieve solution to all problems (faced by you),” Justice Chelameswar told a gathering of women lawyers. He was speaking at the inauguration of the 5th national conference of All India Federation of Women Lawyers.
“If you secure political power, your problems will be solved. The day women capture 300 seats in Lok Sabha, then you won’t have to make any further demand. Then you are the rulers, and you will decide what you want to do,” he said. Justice Chelameswar said women, despite constituting 50 per cent of the total population, have failed to exert considerable pressure on the political class for their advantage, but have failed to do so.
“You as a class are disadvantaged. Any organised sector is able to put pressure on a government–a democratic government. But any of these sections are small compared to your class, which encompasses all these classes,” he said. The supreme court judge then asked women to put pressure on the political class by demanding equal representation.
“(With assembly elections in Gujarat due in December), you …educate your sisters saying that until all political parties give 50 per cent tickets to women, they will not vote. If you are able to achieve his, all your problems will be solved. Nothing comes free in this universe,” he said.