According to a recent data tabled by the Law Ministry in Parliament on Friday on the number of women, and lawyers enrolled in the country. Only 15.3 percent of lawyers in India are women, according to data. The other states where data is not available are- Delhi, Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Jammu, and Kashmir, and Tripura.
The government in its reply said that data was called from the 24 State Bar Councils on the total number of lawyers and the number of women lawyers. The data was given in response to a question asked by MP Jayadev Galla in the Lok Sabha on the number of women in the Legal profession and the reasons for their attrition from the profession.
According to the data, with 821 lawyers enrolled with the Bar Council, Meghalaya has 59.3 percent of women lawyers, the highest in the country. Uttar Pradesh stood at the bottom with merely 8.7 percent women lawyers of over 4 lakh lawyers. No data was provided for the high courts of nine states, including the Capital.
Meanwhile, Bihar stood in the third position with 1.2 lakh enrolled lawyers but no data was available on women lawyers. Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said that the data is based on the information given by the Bar Council of India. With regard to the high attrition rate- which shows women lawyers leaving the profession, the Ministry has said there is no study being done regarding this.
Bar Council of India Chairman Manan Mishra said that the Bar Council has ‘sent reminders to the remaining state bar councils to share the data regarding enrollment of women lawyers.’
“The BCD does not keep a record of the gender or caste of the lawyers enrolled with us, but I can tell you that every year we have more and more women coming into the profession,” said Tiwari.
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