HC- High time men made way for women to lead grassroots bodies | India News – Times of Nation
Women pose for photograph after casting their votes in panchayat election (File photo)
BENGALURU- It is high time men made way for women to lead grassroots institutions like gram panchayats to achieve the constitutional goal of empowerment, the Karnataka high court has said.
The call came while dismissing a petition challenging the decision to reserve the post of the head of Konaje gram panchayat (GP) in Mangaluru taluk in Dakshina Kannada district in favour of scheduled castes (woman).
‘It is, in fact, a vindication of empowerment of women in grassroots politics. The case at hand is a clear step towards the fruition of the dreams of the father of the nation with regard to village-level governance and participation of women in such governance,’ Justice M Nagaprasanna stated. The judge also pointed out the 73rd amendment to the Constitution, which was a step towards self-governance at grassroots level, but equal right had not come about yet.
‘This is a classic case where empowerment of the hitherto under-powered has emerged in all vigour at grassroots level. The challenge is made by one of the petitioners who is a scheduled caste man. If it were to be contrary to law, it would have been a different circumstance altogether, while it is not,’ the judge noted in his order while dismissing the petition filed by Ravi and Ramakrishna K Pattori, two elected members of Konaje village panchayat.
The petitioners, among whom Ravi is an SC candidate, had sought for directions to reserve the post of adhyaksha of their village panchayat as SC (general) instead of SC (woman). Their argument was that there’s already a scheduled caste member out of the 12 elected members in the GP.
However, the State Election Commission had informed the court that incidentally, women have emerged victorious in all the reserved seats of the GPs in Mangaluru taluk and that cannot be grounds for the petitioners to contend that offices of chairperson and vice-chairperson of Konaje GP cannot be reserved in favour of them.
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