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Tribute to Justice Leila Seth

Justice Leila Seth (20 Oct 1930- 5 May 2017), the first woman judge on the Delhi High Court and a first woman Chief Justice of a High Court, passed away on Saturday at the age of 86. She was a member of Justice J. S Verma Committee set up to re-look criminal law in India after notorious Delhi gang rape on 16 December 2012. Her passing away a day after the Supreme Court confirmed the death sentences of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya case may be a coincidence.

She entered the legal profession when very few women where there in it and struggled to break the glass ceilings in every way.  She was selected for IAS in 1959 but in pursuit for a legal carrier joined in London Bar.  She was the first woman to top the London Bar Exam in 1958.

Justice Seth was a pioneering legal mind. She will be remembered for her contribution to equal succession rights for Hindu daughters, when the Law Commission with her as a member recommended an amendment to the Hindu Succession Act to grant equal rights for daughters in joint family property.

Her autobiography On Balance, (2003) is a remarkable work that attracted ordinary readers and scholars.

Tribute to Justice Leila Seth Justice Leila Seth (20 Oct 1930- 5 May 2017), the first woman judge on the Delhi High Court and a first woman Chief Justice of a High Court, passed away on Saturday at the age of 86. She was a member of Justice J. S Verma Committee set up to re-look criminal law in India after notorious Delhi gang rape on 16 December 2012. Her passing away a day after the Supreme Court confirmed the death sentences of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya case may be a coincidence. She entered the legal profession when very few women where there in it and struggled to break the glass ceilings in every way.  She was selected for IAS in 1959 but in pursuit for a legal carrier joined in London Bar.  She was the first woman to top the London Bar Exam in 1958. Justice Seth was a pioneering legal mind. She will be remembered for her contribution to equal succession rights for Hindu daughters, when the Law Commission with her as a member recommended an amendment to the Hindu Succession Act to grant equal rights for daughters in joint family property. Her autobiography On Balance, (2003) is a remarkable work that attracted ordinary readers and scholars.