Legal victory for gender equality: Uttarakhand High Court uphold rights of pregnant women in government employment

by candidajay1

The

Uttarakhand High Court

has made a groundbreaking decision, affirming that women cannot be refused employment because of pregnancy. This

landmark ruling

, inspired by the case of Misha Upadhyay, who was denied a nursing officer position due to her pregnancy, marks a major advancement in

gender equality

and the protection of fundamental rights in India. It effectively eliminates discriminatory practices that have long hindered women in the workforce.
Sharing her views on this landmark decision, Dr.

Rennie Joyy said, “Historically, women have faced systematic discrimination, with pregnancy often used as a pretext to deny them job opportunities or derail their careers. Instances abound where qualified women have been overlooked or sidelined simply because of their reproductive status, perpetuating gender bias and stunting their professional growth. The court’s decision challenges this entrenched bias, emphasising the intrinsic value of motherhood while asserting that it should never be a barrier to employment. By condemning such practices as a violation of constitutional rights under Articles 14, 16, and 21, the court sets a powerful precedent for a more inclusive and equitable society.”
Hailing the judgement, she further said, “This ruling not only addresses past injustices but also paves the way for a gender-sensitive India where women can pursue their careers without fear of discrimination. It underscores the importance of fostering workplaces that respect and accommodate women’s reproductive choices, aligning with broader global efforts towards gender equality, including the Sustainable Development Goal 5.”

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Meanwhile, Advocate Faizan Mirza, Bombay High Court- Nagpur Bench, called it “a big win for fairness” and said that the decision will make people respect women more. “The recent decision from the High Court is a big win for fairness! Women can’t and shouldn’t be turned away from government jobs just because they’re pregnant. It’s about time everyone learns about equal opportunities, and most importably, start respecting women. It doesn’t make sense to say no to a job just because someone’s pregnant. It’s like saying they’re not good enough just because they’re having a baby. But now, the court says that’s not okay. This decision shows that everyone should have a fair shot at getting a job, no matter what’s happening in their personal life.”

He further said, “It’s all about treating people with respect and giving everyone a chance to work and support themselves. Great step in the right direction for making sure everyone gets a fair go in the workplace. Kudos to the court and everyone that made this decision possible. We are setting a very good example for the future generations in the nation and globally. We want our kids to be proud of our decisions and the way we live and lead others. Women are so powerful, evident in their capacity to have kids, work, manage homes, cater to families, and still be patient with this society.”

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