Top 10 Women Lawyers in India: The most famous and celebrated
Women, in present era are breaking stereotypes and making a mark with involvement in all professions. They are not only the participant in professions but also are successful professionalists. In the field of law, it was Cornelia Sorabji in 1866 to become the first women lawyer and start practicing in Allahabad High Court. From then, a significant number of women have come into this profession. Here is the list of top 10 women lawyers in India.
- Sushma Swaraj
Sushma Swaraj is one of the most famous female lawyers in India and is also a noted politician and is currently serving as the Minister of External Affairs of India. She has been the Chief Minister of Delhi for a short period of time in 1998.
2. Sheela Murthy
Sheela Murthy has earned international acclaim for the country. She is a well known immigration lawyers in the United States and has a law firm called Murthy Law firm, which is regarded as one of the best immigration law firms in the US. She also plays an active part in working for the betterment of women and children.
3. Indira Jaising
Indira has a thorough expertise about the law. She is well known to take down anyone who might pose a threat to the rights enjoyed by women in India. She is one of those who has dedicated their life to fight for the cause of human rights and founded Lawyers Collective, a human rights organization. She had important contribution in the drafting of the Domestic Violence Act (2005). She is also the first woman to be appointed as an Additional Solicitor General of India in 2009.
4. Pramila Nesargi
Next on the list of top 10 women lawyers is the 79 year old Pramila Nesargi. She is a women’s rights activist. She started practicing at a very young age and became the first women to be the Chairman of the Bar Association of Karnataka.
- Rebecca John
Rebecca John is the first woman lawyer, who has become a senior advocate in the field of criminal law. She started practicing criminal law in 1988. She said women lawyers are hesitant to expertise and fight cases of criminal Law because of the presumption that woman and the society feel that, women are not strong enough to deal with the “ugly facts” of criminal cases and “bad people”, instead of taking them as just files.
- Vrinda Grover
Vrinda Grover has been recognized by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential women in 2013. She is a lawyer and also a human rights activist and has made lot contributions to the women’s rights movement in India. She is one who has dealt with domestic violence cases and cases involving sexual minorities. She has made significant contributions in the drafting of the Criminal Law Amendment of 2013, the POCSO Act 2012 and the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010.
7. Flavia Agnes
Flavia Agnes is the Co-Founder of ‘Majlis’, an organization which provides legal representation for women. She is well known for works on feminist jurisprudence and is renowned for her services to destitute women on legal matters. She has made instrumental contributions in the creation of a group that dealt with problems involving wife beating, dowry and sexual harassment in 1979, named Forum Against Oppression of Women (FAOW).
- Karuna Nundy
Karuna Nundy is a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India. She specifically works in human rights litigation and has contributed towards the gender justice movement in India. She has played a significant role in seeking justice for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy, and was also contributed in the drafting of the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2013, scrapping Section 66A of the Information Technology Act.
- Pinky Anand
Pinky Anand is a senior advocate. Currently, she is serving as an Additional Solicitor General of India at the Supreme Court of India as on 9 July 2014. She has an expertise in constitutional Law, property law, private international law, family law, environmental law and corporate law. She has been the head of All-India Legal Cell at BJP. She has been a former Additional Advocate-General for the State of Uttarakhand. Pinky Anand is the second woman lawyer to be appointed to this post after Ms. Indira Jaising.
- Shabnam Gani Lone
She is the daughter of Shabnam Gani Lone and sister of a Kashmiri Politician Shabnam Lone.
Shabnam Gani Lone is the Supreme Court lawyer. She is well known for her perception of the years of strife. She has been booked under TADA.