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Justice Verma and Sainath lecture at AMU

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 of 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 2 March on "Gender Justice: Significance for Human Development" at the Kennedy Auditorium of the AMU. 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. Criticizing steps like launching special banks for women in the budget, he said these are symbolic of an approach of 'tokenism' in the quest of ensuring Gender Justice in the country.

He said that such tokenism will not deliver unless it is backed by a complete mindset change both in governance and in civil society as a whole. Justice Verma hoped that the 21st century would be of gender equality. He said today three women, Sonia Gandhi, Jaylalitha and Mamta Banerjee, are the undisputed leaders of their respective political parties. Justice Verma criticized the role of Khap panchayats and said these panchayat are unconstitutional and every such group is violating the constitution.

Referring to the ghastly rape incident, which took place in Delhi, he said it brought out the anger of the civil society and the civil society launched a 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.

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. He was appointed as Professor of Hindi in 1989 and retired in 1997. He was a 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.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2013 on page no. 13

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