Plea in SC over ‘misogynistic’ Dec 16 lawyers

Updated on Mar 20, 2015 01:09 AM IST

A women lawyers’ association on Thursday moved the Supreme Court against two advocates for their misogynistic comments in ‘India’s Daughter’ — a controversial documentary made by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin for BBC.

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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A women lawyers’ association on Thursday moved the Supreme Court against two advocates for their misogynistic comments in ‘India’s Daughter’ — a controversial documentary made by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin for BBC.

In its petition, the Supreme Court Women Lawyers’ Association demanded that advocates ML Sharma and AP Singh — who had represented the convicts of the December 16, 2012 gang-rape — should not be allowed to enter the court premises.

The petitioner association requested the court to direct the two advocates to publicly apologise and retract their statements “which are absolutely derogatory to the dignity of women”.

Bar Council of India chairman Manan Mishra has said that action would be taken against them.

“We have best culture. In our culture there is no place for a woman,” Sharma had said on camera. The petitioner sought for the SC Gender Sensitiaation and Sexual Harassment Committee to make Sharma and Singh undergo training to sensitise to them to the rights of women.

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