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SC guidelines for eliminating gender stereotypes

GS1/ GS4 Paper 

 Syllabus: Women and related Issues/ Legal values


Source: TH


Context: The Supreme Court has released a 30-page handbook aimed at eliminating gender stereotypes from legal language and proceedings.


The “Handbook on Combating Gender Stereotypes” addresses unjust gender-based terms frequently used in Indian courts and offers accurate alternatives. It emphasizes the importance of using language that respects the rights and dignity of all individuals.

Significance of the “Handbook on Combating Gender Stereotypes:

Eliminating Gender StereotypesThe handbook aims to remove gender-based terms and assumptions from legal language, promoting fairness and impartiality.
Promoting Equal JusticeBy encouraging the use of accurate terms, the handbook helps ensure equal treatment and justice for all individuals.
Challenging Biased AssumptionsThe handbook challenges stereotypes about women’s emotional capacity and rational thinking, emphasizing that gender does not dictate one’s ability for rational thinking
Fostering Respect and DignityUsing respectful language respects the dignity and rights of all individuals involved in legal proceedings.
Enhancing Legal CommunicationThe handbook underscores the importance of language in legal proceedings, promoting clear and accurate communication.
Aligning with Constitutional ValuesRemoving gender stereotypes aligns legal practices with the constitutional principles of equality and human rights
Empowering and Inspiring Legal ProfessionalsThe handbook empowers legal professionals to use language that upholds justice, equality, and dignity in legal proceedings.



The handbook’s release reflects the Supreme Court’s commitment to promoting equitable and unbiased legal practices, reinforcing the notion that language shapes not only legal interpretations but also societal perceptions.


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