India's daughter controversy: BCI issues notices to lawyers for remarks

The lawyers passed anti-women remarks in a BBC documentary

New Delhi: The Bar Council of India (BCI) late Friday night issued show cause notices to two lawyers who had appeared for the accused in the December 16 gang-rape case for allegedly making derogatory anti-women remarks.

“We have issued the show cause notices to ML Sharma and AP Singh for their alleged remarks made in the (BBC) documentary,” BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said.

The lawyers’ apex body took the decision at around midnight after its executive committee meeting in which it was found that there is a “prima facie” case of professional misconduct against these lawyers.

The notices have been issued under a provision of the advocates act and their licences to practice may be cancelled if BCI is not satisfied with their response. Meanwhile, advocate Sharma refuted the charge, saying he has said nothing wrong to anybody.

In the controversial BBC documentary on the gang-rape, Sharma reportedly said such incidents of rape are bound to happen if girls go out without proper security. Sharma said he was yet to receive the notice. “Our professional conduct is related to our client and our law. They (those opposed to the lawyers) have downloaded this documentary, have seen it themselves and have told people about that. All these actions come under contempt of court and criminal offence,” he added.

Women blame patriarchy for 'fate'

In a survey of 1,892 women from various Indian cities, over 60 per cent of the respondents said that it is a combination of patriarchy, men and the submissiveness of women, that had led to their fate and “lack of voice” in the country. The survey conducted by WE (Women Endangered) and I Am Who I Am, took into account the thoughts of women from New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Pune. —Agencies

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