“Awareness of women’s rights can be truly meaningful if it is created among our society’s younger generation of men,” Justice Chandrachud said

“As a group or a class, women do not have a single identity. Within the wide group of women for whom the law has granted rights, there exist a variety of identities. It is critical that we recognise the need for an integrated approach to the prejudice and violence that women confront “On Saturday, Justice D. Y. Chandrachud observed.

He went on to say that in a recent judgement where he came across discrimination against scheduled caste women, the judge observed that when a woman’s identity intersects with her caste, class, religion, disability, and sexual orientation, she may face violence and discrimination on two or more grounds. “For example, transwomen may encounter assault as a result of their unorthodox gender identification,” he explained.

The judge was addressing at NALSA’s nationwide launch of legal awareness programmes in partnership with the National Commission for Women on ‘EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN THROUGH LEGAL AWARENESS.’

“Our Constitution is a game-changing text that aimed to address patriarchy’s underlying injustices. It has evolved into a potent tool for securing material rights and public affirmations of women’s dignity and equality. To attain the purpose of ensuring women’s constitutional rights, legislation such as the domestic violence act and the prevention of sexual harassment at work act have been adopted.

“You come across a case of a daughter-in-law being driven out of the house in a matrimonial quarrel, and when she files a domestic abuse complaint, she is told that the husband has no right, title, or interest in the joint family home or the home that belongs to the father!” When the woman asks for the award of maintenance to be enforced, she is told that the business belongs to the joint family and that the husband is simply a salaried partner! …there was a case when a woman was denied maternity leave for her firstborn child because her husband had two living children from a previous marriage!

There are laws that create rights for women, which the Constitution recognises, that extend to questions of property and succession, extend to the workplace, extend to entering the workplace, and protect women while they are in the workplace, according to Justice Chandrachud. However, it is critical to raise legal awareness among women about how to enter the workforce in the first place.

He also stated that, “his mother, Prabha Chandrachud ji, was the first woman who had a significant impact on his personal life.

The second woman who has had a significant impact on my life was a long-serving member of our family.

The third lady was his wife, Kalpana Das ji, a feminist in every sense of the word who makes a considerable contribution to my work as a Supreme Court of India justice.”

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