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UP Bar Council Chief Darvesh Singh Yadav’s Murder Points At The Sorry State Of Safety For Women

Posted: June 15, 2019

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The tragic murder of UP Bar Council Chief Darvesh Singh Yadav points the lack of safety for any woman – including successful women who are often at risk of male insecurity.

Today, it’s common that women are present in every field and make a mark for themselves. I’ve seen a number of women who emerged from a background of misogyny and started a new life with power and strength.

However, women are never fully safe in today’s scenario where we have to fight against a number of hands that try to subjugate us. In short, whatsoever position a woman may attain, at one point or the other, somebody tries to attack her in some way, which is very unfortunate.

The same happened with Darvesh Singh Yadav, who made history by being elected as the first women chief to the UP Bar Council convincing advocates across Uttar Pradesh, which was definitely a herculean task.

Yadav, a hardworking and self-made woman was the previous Vice-Chairperson for a 5-year term. She was recently re-elected as the first female Chief of the Bar Council, defeating multiple other candidates.

However, her happiness barely lasted for a few days. It’s very unfortunate that she lost her life in such a cruel and gruesome manner. Manish Babu Sharma, whom she knew well, and a man who was also her senior from Agra College where they completed their LLM, shot and killed her.

Yadav was very active throughout her career and in this interview, her colleagues mention that she fought to set up libraries across Bar Council facilities in UP. She had also facilitated compensation to families of advocates who died in accidents or medical expenses for sick advocates and actively campaigned to establish chambers for junior advocates.

Everybody who knows her is completely shocked that Sharma, who knew her well, would kill her. Insecurity and jealousy at her success is being cited as a possible reason.

Whether its rape or murder, women in India are not safe – we are being tortured in so many ways! Now we have to keep our fingers crossed – and hope that our  girls can travel freely without fear, study and rise up without any hesitation. A women who stood for herself and her fellow beings is no more! What will be our plight be in the near future? It’s time to get an answer for this…

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