New Delhi (PTI): Jailed women have to often face "graver prejudices, stigma and discrimination" and India as a welfare state is obligated to provide them with programmes and services to ensure their reintegration into the society like their male counterparts, Chief Justice N V Ramana said on Wednesday.

The CJI, who is also the Patron-in-Chief of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) was speaking at the 32nd Central Authority Meeting of NALSA in which newly-appointed members took part.

"Often incarcerated women have to face, graver prejudices, stigma and discrimination, which makes their rehabilitation a tough challenge," the CJI said, adding, "as a welfare state, we are obligated to provide women prisoners with programs and services that enable them to effectively reintegrate into the society, on an equal basis with men".

Justice Ramana said certain measures for reintegration of the women prisoners into the society such as, 'non-discriminatory access to education and vocational training, dignified and remunerated work' is needed.

"As a welfare state, we are obligated to provide women prisoners with programs and services that enable them to effectively reintegrate into the society, on an equal basis with men," the CJI said.

Justice UU Lalit, the senior-most judge and Executive Chairman of NALSA, introduced all the members of the newly-appointed central authority and lauded the historic achievements made in the National Lok Adalat on September 11.

In a significant achievement towards easing pressure on the judicial system, over 15 lakh of more than 33 lakh pending and pre-litigation cases were settled, and a whopping Rs 2,281 crore awarded on Saturday in National Lok Adalats held in 33 states and union territories by NALSA.

Justice Lalit pointed out that due to the pandemic restrictions, the schools are shut down and the children living in juvenile homes, observational homes and children homes are in an unimaginable situation, in which only one video monitor is not sufficient to impart basic education to children of different age groups.

Justice Lalit also stressed upon utilising the talent and services of law students, who can bridge the gap and can reach grassroots level of the society by adopting three or four 'talukas' of each district across the country.

He asked all the authority members to significantly contribute towards the legal services so that all the ideas can be galvanised into action.

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Mumbai, Sep 20: Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut appeared before a Mumbai court on Monday in connection with a criminal defamation complaint filed against her by lyricist Javed Akhtar, and said she had "lost faith" in the magistrate's court as it indirectly "threatened" her of issuing a warrant if she failed to appear before it in a bailable offence.

Ranaut also moved a counter complaint in the court against Akhtar for alleged "extortion and criminal intimidation", and her lawyer informed the court that they had filed an application before chief metropolitan magistrate, seeking transfer of hearing into the complaint to another court.

The court had last week said it will issue a warrant against Ranaut if she fails to appear on the next date of hearing on September 20.

Ranaut appeared before Andheri metropolitan magistrate R R Khan on Monday for the first time since summons was issued to her in February this year, and completed the bail formalities.

As the matter came up for hearing, her lawyer Rizwan Siddique told that court that Ranaut does not want to proceed with this court (in connection with the complaint).

Siddique said they have "lost faith in the court as it seems to be biased".

The court has indirectly "threatened" her of issuing a warrant on two occasions in a non-cognisable, compoundable and bailable offence, where as per law regular presence is not required, the lawyer claimed.

Ranaut has been called before the court without any cause or reason, he said.

He further submitted that till today, there is no order as to why she is required to be present regularly for the bailable, non-cognisable and compoundable offence.

Akhtar's lawyer Jay Bharadwaj termed Ranaut's plea for transfer of complaint to another court as "extremely bizzare".

"They have neither given any notice nor a copy of the (transfer) application to us," he said.

The court will hear the matter next on November 15.

Earlier this month, the Bombay High Court dismissed a plea filed by Ranaut seeking quashing of proceedings initiated against her by the local court on the criminal defamation complaint filed by Akhtar.

Justice Revati Mohite-Dere had said in the order that there was no procedural illegality or irregularity in the metropolitan magistrate's order initiating the proceedings.

Akhtar (76) had filed the complaint in the court in November last year, claiming Ranaut had made defamatory statements against him in a television interview, which allegedly damaged his reputation.

In his complaint, Akhtar claimed that Ranaut dragged his name during an interview while referring to a 'coterie' existing in Bollywood, following the alleged suicide committed by actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June last year.