Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Sunday highlighted the need for a system in which women, who are deprived of their rights in several parts of the country, can speak about the problems they face openly.

Speaking at the concluding event of the second “Women Judges' Conference” in Lahore, he added that the Constitution enshrines fundamental rights which do not differentiate between males and females.

"Under the Constitution, every citizen, regardless of gender, has to be treated in accordance with the law," he added as he spoke on the topic "Improving access to justice".

"Justice hurried is justice buried," he said. "If the appropriate opportunity is not provided to someone to plead and propound his or her case [...] I don't think that this would be the best quality of justice."

Unfortunately, in some parts of society, there may be women who are not treated as well as they should be, he said.

"There are issues which are sensitive to the gender and we should be looking forward to making the changes needed," he stated, adding that an environment should be created in the courts where women are given the chance to speak freely.

The chief justice told his colleagues that when deciding cases, whether sensitive or insensitive, they must adhere to the law.

"No judge has the right to decide a case wrongly," the chief justice said, adding that providing expeditious judgements, without undue delays, is the duty of the judges.



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