Like everyone knows it has taken years for Indian women to get ut from the shackles of patriarchy and make their mark in the field, they desire to excel. Sometimes they have been excellent and some even better than we can say. Indian Judicial System still doesn’t throw much limelight on the women advocates. But some women took away all the attention from the men and made her make. She is Indira Jaising.
Early Years: Indira Jaising did her school education from Mumbai. Later, she moved to Bangalore to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bangalore University. After that, she worked in a few places for a few years until 1962, when she completed an LLM from the University of Bombay. And then there was no turning back. In 1981, with her beau Anand Grover, she set up an NGO named Lawyers Collective devoted to feminist and left-wing causes. Another landmark in her life happened in 1986 when she became the first woman to be designated a Senior Advocate by the High Court of Bombay.
Life As A Lawyer:
Indira Jaising is a famous personality in the sphere of legal activism and human rights. She has made her mark in various human rights issues like rights of the homeless dwellers of Mumbai, fought environmental cases, and raised voice regarding extrajudicial killings in Manipur. She has been instrumental in drafting the Divorce Law in India.
- Bhopal Gas Tragedy case had earned a lot of limelight. Indira Jaising represented the victims in the Supreme Court of India to claim compensation for them against Union Carbide Corporation.
- Rohingya Muslim’s crisis was on the peak when she was appointed by the United Nations for Investigation against the charges of rape, torture, and killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The blame of which was laid down on the security forces.
- Case of Mary Roy was one more case, where Jaising win made lives much easier for women. After the win, the inheritance rights were granted to Syrian Christian women in Kerala.
- The case of Githa Hariharan was a path breaker for the Indian women. According to the judgment given by the Chief Justice A.S. Anand, in this case, stated that the mother is counted as a “natural guardian” of her minor children. The minor child can carry the name of the mother as well.
- Greenpeace India’s case was about how politicians can use the power to delay something important. She represented Priya Pillai, who was on a London-bounded flight when she was offloaded by the immigration officers on the Delhi Airport. She was going to the U.K. to address the British Parliament.
- She represented Rupan Deol Bajaj who prosecuted KPS Gill for sexual harassment.
- Indira Jaising was ranked 20th in the list of 50 Greatest Leaders of the World by Fortune magazine.
- She became the first-ever woman Additional Solicitor General of India.
- She was given the Padma Shri by the President of India in 2005 for her service to the cause of public affairs.