Fri, Oct 22 08:55 PM
New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Indira
Jaisingh Friday took strong exception to the use of word 'keep' and
other such expressions for women in a judgment on a marital dispute
case involving a man and his second wife.
'I have serious objections to some of the words and expressions used
in the judgment,' Jaisingh told the apex court bench of Justice
Markandey Katju and Justice T.S. Thakur - the bench that had delivered
Wondering how Supreme Court judges could use words like 'keep', she
said the judges should not use words which are not gender sensitive.
Jaisingh told the court that she had no quarrel with the judgment but
had serious objections to the words used in it. She said that she
would move a petition seeking the expunging of these words.
'As a woman I feel hurt. This is highly derogatory. The literal
translation of word 'keep' in Hindi is 'rakhel'. Can you talk of men
being called 'Kept'? It works both ways,' she said, adding she did not
feel like appearing before this bench.
Justice Thakur tried to assuage her feelings saying that the words she
was objecting to were not written in the sense that was being
attributed to them.
He then asked if they were to use the word 'concubine'. At this,
Jaisingh said: 'That is even worse'.
Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth. - Mohandas Gandhi
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