J&K High court’s first female judge takes over


Justice Sindhu Sharma, daughter of retired High Court Judge O P Sharma and Rashid Ali Dar, a retired sessions judge, on Tuesday, sworn in as Judges in the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir.

Sindhu Sharma, 45, is the first female judge in the state’s High Court. She will serve the bench for the next 17 years. Rashid Ali Dar was already retired and shall serve for eight months only.

Earlier a notice was issued by Department of Justice of the Union Ministry of Law and Justice that President has appointed retired Principal and District Judge Srinagar, Rashid Ali Dar, and Assistant Solicitor General, Sindhu Sharma, as judges for the J&K High Court. Sharma is from Jammu and Dar belongs to Budgam district of Kashmir valley.

Sharma has acquired the distinction of becoming the first woman judge of the High Court in J&K. Interestingly, in its 90-year-long history; the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has got its first woman judge, as well as the first woman Chief Justice.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has also got its first woman chief justice. Justice Gita Mittal, the acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, who has been appointed as the Chief Justice of J&K High Court. However, Mittal has not taken over yet.

An alumna of Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, Justice Mittal began practicing in 1981. She was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Delhi High Court in July 2004 and was confirmed in February 2006. Justice Mittal is also the first woman from the field of law and justice to be conferred the Nari Shakti Puraskar, India’s highest civilian honor for women. The Nari Shakti award is presented for exemplary service to the cause of upliftment of women.


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