Leila Seth, first woman judge of Delhi HC, dies

Delhi HC judge

Delhi HC judge

It astonished me that Aunty Leila could lead such a full life, well into her eighties and right up to the months before her passing. She died in her house in Noida, reports said. She was also the first female to top London Bar exam. Justice Seth had then spoken about the progression of her career and her role in the highly patriarchal system.

Seth was also a part of the Justice Verma Committee which was formed in 2012 to recommend amendments to the Criminal Law so as to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for criminals accused of committing sexual assault against women, post the gruesome December 16 gangrape in Delhi.

Leila began as a stenographer at the Assam Rail Link Project, but took up law forced by circumstances of motherhood, (because the study of law does not require strict attendance) after her marriage to Premo, who was in the profession of shoe manufacturing. Today there are eight women judges in the Delhi high court. I found her Justice Seth very active and responsive. She practised law there for about ten years and handled a number of tax matters, civil and criminal cases, matrimonial suits and writ petitions. She wrote her autobiography in 2003, following it up with "We, The Children of India" in 2010, which explains the Constitution to children.

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"I convey my honest condolences to the bereaved members of the family and join the nation in praying for eternal peace for the departed soul", Ansari said in a statement. But even in her death, her life will inspire others, as her organs were donated, as per her wish, for transplant or medical research purposes. She will remain an inspiration for all members of legal fraternity, especially women. "And, like he used to do in his childhood days, he rushed up to the terrace to get a view of the Ganga", she had said.

Seth, who was born in October 1930 in Lucknow, also championed women and gender rights.

As a proud mother three children, Vikram (writer), Shantum (peace activist), and Aradhana (film maker), Leila Seth respected their professional and personal choices.

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