Sushila Karki appointed as first female acting Chief Justice of Nepal

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Sushila Karki has become the first female acting Chief Justice of Nepal's Supreme Court ending the male domination in higher posts in the judiciary.  

She will succeed Kalyan Shrestha who retired from the top post. She shall have tenure of 1 year and retire in June 2017 upon reaching the age limit.

The Constitutional Council headed by the Prime Minister KP Sharama Oli recommended the appointment of Karki for the top post. Her nomination is expected to be confirmed by a parliamentary committee which endorses the recommendation.

Constitution of Nepal

The Himalayan nation which is still a deeply patriarchal society, is becoming increasingly inclusive, following the end of 10 years of civil war in 2006 and the abolition of the 239-year-old feudal monarchy two years later.

Last year, a specially elected Constituent Assembly approved the first post-monarchical constitution, which gave women the right to 'proportional inclusion'in all government organs.

It also guaranteed equal property rights to daughters and required that the president and vice-president be from different genders and communities.

The appointment of Karki as the Chief Justice of Nepal's Supreme Court, has been hailed by activists as a milestone in women's empowerment in Nepal. It puts Nepal, ahead of its giant neighbour India, which has not had a woman as head of its Supreme Court in 65 years as a democracy.

Indian scenarioFathima Beevi was the first female judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court of India (1989) and the first Muslim woman to be appointed to any higher judiciary. She is also the first woman judge in Asia. On her retirement from the court she served as a member of the National Human Rights Commission and as Governor in Tamil Nadu (1997–2001)

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Appointment Process : As per Nepal’s new Constitution, the president of the country appoints the Chief Justice on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council if the Parliamentary Hearings Committee endorses the recommendation. The first first Chief Justice of Nepal was Justice General Bahadur Sumsher Jung Bahadur Rana

About Sushila Karki

 Sushila Karki was born on 7 June 1952 in Shankarpur village of Biratnagar. She completed a bachelor’s degree in law from Tribhuvan University in 1978.

 After that she moved to Banaras, India and completed her post graduate in political science from Banaras Hindu University. Currently she is seniormost judge in the Supreme Court of Nepal. 

 Karki has the reputation of being a fearless judge with zero tolerance for corruption. She is also known for judgments allowing women to pass their citizenship to their children, previously something only men could do in Nepal.

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