CJI DY Chandrachud: Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud highlighted the menace of trolling in modern times. The CJI an was speaking at an event on law in the age of globalisation in Delhi on Friday. He spoke on the problem of trolling “in an age when people are short on their patience and tolerance”. People are unwilling to accept opinion and perspective that are different from their own, the CJI said.
“Every little thing that we do – and believe me, as judges we are no exception to this – in everything that you do, you face the threat of being trolled by someone who doesn’t share your point of view,” Chief Justice Chandrachud said.
‘People short on patience’
“We live in an age today when people are short on their patience, they are short on their tolerance, they are short on their patience – which has reminded me to be brief – but people are also short on their tolerance because we are not willing to accept perspectives which are different from our own,” he said.
Today the problem of trolling has become severe on social media, especially on the world’s biggest microblogging website Twitter. Anyone can become a target, despite strict checks and mechanisms to stop abuse.
Trolling can even lead to physical attacks and the Supreme Court has often raised concern over it. In 2017 the Supreme Court had agreed that regulation was needed. It identified the problem of people using social media to spread wrong information about court proceedings.
On the matter of appointing more women judges in the Supreme Court and the high court, Justice Chandrachud said he definitely supports it, but the answer “is a little complex”.
‘A little complex’
“I am often asked about why we can’t have more women judges in the Supreme Court than we have, why can’t we have more high court judges from among the women we have. And the answer is not simple, the answer is a little complex. And I hope it has a gem of truth,” Chief Justice Chandrachud said.
“The seeds of our institutions today in terms of inclusion, diversity reflect the state of the profession, say two decades ago. Because the judges who come to the high court today, in 2023, the judges who come to the Supreme Court in 2023, reflect the state of the bar in the beginning of the millennium,” he said.
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