ACKNOWLEDGING A “bi-directional relationship between economic development and women’s empowerment”, the Supreme Court has said that women have gradually shattered the glass ceiling to become “active agents of change”, and that their economic empowerment is the need of the hour.
A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Abhay M Sapre underlined that women are no longer passive recipients of welfare-enhancing help but are being increasingly seen by men as active agents of change. “The dynamic promoters of social transformation that can alter the lives of both women and men,” the court observed.
Directing the Chhattisgarh government to appoint a woman excise officer as a Deputy Superintendent of Police after granting her relaxation in upper age limit, the court said all state governments must take affirmative policy actions to achieve equality between genders.
Empowerment of women, the court said, is perceived as equipping them to be economically independent, self-reliant, with positive esteem to enable them to face any situation and they should be able to participate in the development activities.