Sushila Karki (Former Chief Justice)

Sushila Karki, the first woman Chief Justice of Nepal’s Supreme Court, is known for her zero tolerance for judicial corruption. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Biratnagar’s Mahendra Morang Campus and her master’s degree in political science from Banaras Hindu University. Sushila Karki, the 25th Chief Justice of Nepal’s judiciary, was sworn in as Chief Justice on July 11, 2016 and retired on June 7, 2017. The Colleges Nepal crew spoke with her on her path to becoming Nepal’s first female Chief Justice.

When journalist asked her a questioned about her path, she says that the former Chief Justice was really helpful. He used to tell me that I should start preparing for the post of Chief Justice sooner rather than later. He used to mentor us and predicted that I would one day become Chief Justice. Because no women had ever worked in this position, I used to believe that a woman could not function effectively in it. I’ve always seen males do that, but it’s not the case. What I discovered is that success requires a healthy heart, determination, and support.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING NEPAL’S FIRST WOMAN CHIEF JUSTICE?
Working in Nepal is really challenging. Discrimination occurs regardless of how often we claim there is none. I had the honor of being Nepal’s first female chief justice. For those women who looked up to me, I had to be strong and work with honesty. I needed to inspire them to be capable and not frightened to enter a career dominated by males. There are definitely several obstacles, but avoiding them is not an option. If I hadn’t done my job well, the whole female gender would have been accused of being unable. Our skill would have been called into question, so I had to show that women can do it.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFICULTIES IN THIS INDUSTRY?
In comparison to males, women confront additional hurdles in the field. As a result, few women ventured to pursue careers in this profession. People believe that women have no place in this business, but my family has been really supportive. My family deserves credit for my accomplishment. As you can see, this is a field that is better suited to women. Women have a compassionate heart, an understanding of the problem, and the ability to manage it intelligently. As a result, women are better at it, but there is no atmosphere in which they may demonstrate their talent in this sector.

Getting women into the judiciary is extremely tough. I attempted but failed to bring women into the judiciary. I didn’t discover any intention on the part of the court or legislators to bring women into the sector. I believe that countries with a large female population should have more female representatives. However, the situation is different.

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