Civil Society can not escape from responsibility: Justice J.S. Verma
Aligarh: Justice J.S. Verma, Former Chief Justice of India said that in any society the essence of Justice is fairness. The plain truth is that our Civil Society cannot escape from the responsibility for fostering the concept of genuine gender justice in our homes. No amount of alteration in the legal system will deliver unless it is supported by the sanction of society.
Justice Verma was delivering the third K.P. Singh Memorial Lecture on “Gender Justice: Significance for Human Development” at the Kennedy Auditorium of the Aligrah Muslim University. He said that proper education to inculcate value is very important for securing gender Justice. He said we should change the mindset of the general public.
Justice Verma criticizing the steps like launching the special banks for women’s in the budget were symbolic of an approach of ‘tokenism’ in the quest of meeting out ‘Gender Justice’ in the country.
He said that such tokenism will not deliver, if it is not backed by a complete mind set change both in governance and in civil society as a whole.
Justice Verma hoped that the 21st century would be of gender equality and three women like Sonai Gandhi, Jaylalita and Mamta Banerjee and the undisputed leaders of their political party.
Justice Verma criticized the role of Khap Panchayat and said these Panchayat are unconstitutional and everyone is violating its constitutional duty.
Referring the ghastly rape incident, which took place in Delhi, it has brought out the anger of the civil society and the civil society launched the peaceful protest.
The Silver Living however is that the Delhi rape incident has triggered off such an intense reaction particularly amongst youth that the present movement for securing gender Justice is ultimately going to reach its logical conclusion.
In his presidential remarks, AMU Vice Chancellor Lt. General (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah said no country and no community will prosper without Gender Justice. He said that fair is the key for a secured mindset.
He said that this lecture is a sufficient food for thought. AMU Vice Chancellor mentioned that female students of this university are performing better to their fellow boy’s students.
Prof. Nazim Ali, coordinator University Extension Lecture conducted the programmed. Dr. Tariq Islam of the Philosophy Department highlighted the contributions of Prof. K.P. Singh and said that he served the University as a distinguished faculty member. He was appointed as Professor of Hindi in 1989 and Retired in 1997. He was also the Dean, Faculty of Arts. He was the leftist and social activist.
He said that Prof. K.P. Singh was the first person who donated his body to the JN Medical College and now 53 persons have decided to donate their bodies to AMU.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S. Ahmad Ali and family members of Prof. KP Singh also grace the occasion.