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Zero women in 2012 Bombay senior counsel promo round of 8 (again)

Bombay HC: Is it a man's world?
Bombay HC: Is it a man's world?
Eight male advocates have been designated as senior counsel in the Bombay high court, with six being based in Mumbai, one in Aurangabad and one in Nagpur.

The elevations will take effect from 31 August 2012, having been notified on 14 September 2012 on the Bombay high court’s website.

The new senior advocates are:

  • Ramesh N Dhorde (from Aurangabad)
  • Vimal K Gupta (Mumbai)
  • Vineet B Naik (Mumbai)
  • Chandrashekhar S Kaptan (Nagpur)
  • Prashant Subhash Pratap (Mumbai)
  • Peshotan Nadir Modi (Mumbai)
  • Rajiv L Patil (Mumbai)
  • Anil C Singh (Mumbai)

Mirroring last year, when a record 15 senior counsel were designated in Mumbai in September 2011, not a single female lawyer received the nod this year.

Legally India research revealed in early 2011 that in 20 years only six women became senior counsel in the Delhi and Mumbai high courts – a total of three women senior counsel out of 81 in total.

Taking into account the lack of any female lawyers’ promotions in the last two years, the male to female senior counsel designation ratio since 1991 now stands at three women out of 104 promotions - less than 3 per cent.

However, the total number of promotions in Mumbai this year and last year has been considerably above the 20-year average of less than five senior counsel per year.

Senior counsel elevations are decided by a collegium of judges in a closed-door procedure.

The Society of Women Lawyers (SOWL) in a conference earlier this year discussed how many workplaces were structured in ways that hurt female lawyers’ careers.

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