Need more women in judiciary: President

President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday called on the Supreme Court to look into a plea by women lawyers to implement the 1987 Vishaka Judgment in courts to ensure better working environment for woman advocates. Vishaka Judgment deals with sexual harassment at workplace.

Speaking at a Seminar for the Welfare of Lawyers organised by the Bar Council of Delhi at Vigyan Bhawan, the President said there was a need to encourage more women to join the judiciary, since they would be better able to deal with cases of violence against women.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, present at the seminar, announced that the government would increase its share in the corpus fund of Bar Council of Delhi so that welfare schemes for lawyers could be initiated. "We had contributed Rs 1 crore to the corpus fund. The time has come to review and increase the amount," she said.

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