Be gender-sensitive to secure justice for women:Desai

New Delhi: Supreme Court Justice Ranjana Desai today suggested making judges gender-sensitive to combat violence against women and secure justice for them saying cases of rape and bride-burning are not dealt with seriously by probe agency, leading to poor conviction in such cases.

She also lamented the deep and pervasive cultural attitudes prevailing in many societies, including India, which have undermined the effort to create a safe and secure environment for women. "There is a need to evolve methodologies for making judges gender-sensitive, inculcation of equality doctrine in the minds of judges and giving effect to principles contained in the Constitution of India and international human rights conventions," Justice Desai said in her presidential Address at the two day International conference on gender-based violence and justice in South Asia`.

In the conference jointly organized by the Cornell Law School and Jindal Global Law School, she said some initiatives have been taken by the apex court. Referring to female foeticide, Justice Desai said the Pre-Natal Pre-Conception Diagnostics Act and Rules have "miserably failed" to achieve the desired results and there is an urgent need for its effective implementation.