In a recent hearing of a marital dispute, Justice Manjunath made a broadly generalized, but disturbing statement when he said that society is being spoilt because of women’s empowerment.
In recent news story above, a Karnataka HC judge has reportedly said that women empowerment is spoiling society. Everyone can have opinion, but a High court judge expressing opinion in public is not the same as a politician expressing an opinion, which opinion can be changed based on opportunistic goals.
So let us assume that a High court judge is expressing an opinion which he believes to be based on facts and evidence in his own knowledge. He has made this opinion after hearing many marital cases in court.
The whole point of holding an opinion is only if you act on it if it is well within your powers to do so.
Like if I strongly hold an opinion that plastic bags add to environmental pollution, but do not reduce my own usage of plastic bags, then I am being a …. (add your favourite adjective).
Empowerment – coming soon to a theatre near you
We do not beat around the bush, so let’s just say that what is really being meant by ‘women empowerment spoiling is society’ is something else — giving legal entitlements to women without concomitant responsibilities results in gross misuse of those entitlements, to the extent that other members of society — men, fathers, children, elderly are made to pay the price.
What are the judges doing about it? Just those who hold such opinions.