Monday, Oct 20, 2014

Delhi gets its first woman Chief Justice

court-main Justice Gorla Rohini with Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday. (Prem Nath Pandey)
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: April 22, 2014 3:05 am | Updated: April 22, 2014 3:06 am

Justice Gorla Rohini was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court on Monday. She is the first woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

Justice G Rohini is the 10th woman judge among the 40 judges in the Delhi High Court.

The former Andhra Pradesh High Court judge was administered the oath of office by Delhi Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung.

“This symbolises women’s empowerment and, of course, we need many more role models like her, who can inspire young girls across the country to aspire for top positions in all walks of life,” Jung said.

Her appointment comes at a time when the High Court is monitoring the issues of women’s safety, human trafficking and crimes against women in the national capital. She is expected to serve for a period of four years.

Apart from having served on the High Court Juvenile Justice Committee, she has also taken up issues of protection of the girl child, working women and better relationship between the Bar and Bench during her tenure.

Recently, she released the Handbook on Women and Human Rights at the annual day meeting of the Indian Women Network (IWN), an initiative of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Justice G Rohini succeeds Justice N V Ramana, who had vacated the position in February after he was elevated to the Supreme Court after serving as the Delhi High Court Chief Justice. Justice  Ramana was also from the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

Born in 1955, Justice G Rohini studied at Osmania University in Hyderabad and then at the College of Law, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. She was a reporter and then executive editor of the Andhra Pradesh Law Journals and was appointed as a government counsel for civil matters before her elevation as a High Court judge in 2001. She was sworn in as a permanent judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court in July 2002.

She was also a part of the Bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, which had allowed the AP government to appoint special officers to district panchayati raj institutions and to fix reservations in the panchayati raj institutions for backward classes.

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