By- Vani Shrivastava
The Supreme Court has stepped in to satisfy and fulfill the desire of Ankita Meena to finish her legal studies and have a shot at profession in law.
The apex court’s three-judge Bench led by Chief justice Sharad A. Bobde recently in Ankita Meena v. College of Delhi observed a very fascinating angle with respect to women studying and their rights in circumstances of them being pregnant. In this case, the petitioner was not allowed granted interim relief and was suspended from giving an exam on account of her lack of attendance due to her pregnancy.
The court made an earnest intervention in support of Ankita and directed the University of Delhi to announce her result for two semesters. The results had been retained for a year by the varsity since she didn’t have the necessary attendance because of her pregnancy.
Ms. Meena, represented by senior advocate Menaka Guruswamy and a team of advocates Vivek Paul Oriel, Himanshu Dhuper, Ashish Virmani, and Ruchira Goel, urged parity for their client. They said the results had been declared way back in July 2019 itself. Only Ms. Meena has been left behind.
“She will miss a chance to complete her education and lose her precious time in her career,” Ms. Guruswamy argued in a virtual court hearing on July 28.
The disavowal of her results of two semesters just because she didn’t make the vital cut in attendance because of her pregnancy is an infringement and violation of her fundamental rights of equity, liberty, and dignity, her legal advisors and lawyers contended.
In the whole case, it was remembered that professional courses require attendance and particularly legal education sacrosanct requires regular class as the law is a mainstay or pillar of democracy and it plays a vital role in democracy and subsequently demands sincerity.
However, this decision has come like prevention to the field of higher education of young ladies. We even today, after so many years of independence have not reached a status where people i.e. men and women are treated equally. Society and stereotypes still prevail which though have liberated boundaries for girls for basic education but higher education is as yet an unrealistic dream.
Still, there are numerous young ladies who need to disregard learning after marriage and if few choose, procreation and child care come in way of learning. The right to procreate which comes under Article 21 i.e. freedom of life and liberty cannot be taken away by anyone. This argument was given in this case. But due to lack of accord in DU laws and Rules of Bar Council this argument was not so effective.
Our constitution ensures equality before the law but why still India lacks gender equality that to in terms of education. It is totally acceptable that professional courses like law need proficiency and this is a dynamic field that demands experience and dedication but hard rules and conditions actually are preventing budding lady lawyers to be successful in life. This is on the grounds that even today we are living in a society where women are married at an early age as they are considered to be chattel and it is a taboo if ladies chose to learn conjugal and material duties plus responsibilities, so like a robust steal, she keeps compromising for all.
Be that as it may, if the obstacles of attendance come in way of a female student absent from university or college because of her pregnancy, then reforms should be made to adjust to the circumstances and situations. After all, everybody ought to have equity in the opportunity of learning.