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The status of women improved in independent India. The three organs of Indian democracy are the judiciary, the executive and the legislature. In all these three the role of women is increasing. Today, not only the position of women has strengthened in the Parliament, political and administrative services, but women have also taken up the responsibility in the judiciary of the country. There have been many women Chief Justices in the country so far. But do you know who was the first woman Chief Justice of the High Court? How did his career start? How much did she struggle to reach the post of Chief Justice of the High Court. The name of the first High Court woman Chief Justice in the country is Leela Seth. Leela Seth is called ‘Mother of Law’ across the country. Let’s know about the country’s Mother of Law Chief Justice Leela Seth.
Who is Leela Seth
Leela Seth was the first woman Chief Justice of the High Court. He was born in 1930 in Lucknow city of Uttar Pradesh. When Leela was just 11 years old, her father passed away. Leela was promising in studies since childhood. Continuing his education, he completed his studies from a school in Darjeeling.
Leela Seth career
Leela Seth started her career as a stenographer. Meanwhile, Leela got married to a man named Prem Seth. After marriage, she moved to London with her husband. Leela gave birth to a child. Taking care of children and family, Leela decided to pursue her career and topped the London bar exam at the age of 27. After that Leela returned to India and continued her practice.
Journey to becoming Chief Justice
Leela was appointed as a judge in the Delhi High Court. Here she did a lot of work for the rights of women. After that Leela was appointed as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court. This was the first time in the history of the country that a woman became the Chief Justice of the High Court. Leela Seth has also been a part of the Justice Verma Committee formed after the Nirbhaya gang rape. He raised his voice for the rights of women as well as homosexuals. She is considered the mother of law of the country. Mother of Law Leela Seth said goodbye to the world at the age of 83.