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A Suitable Mother

The mother of celebrated novelist Vikram Seth and an author in her own right, Leila Seth offers her views on India's gender laws

7/9/2014 12:11:51 PM
written By : Shobha Tsering Bhalla Print

Lucknow-born Leila Seth is themother of renowned Indian novelist and poet Vikram Seth, one of the most celebrated writers in the English language world. 9780143331513_0

Justice Seth will be in Singapore this month as one of the speakers at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she will speak about the portrayal of girls in Indian children’s literature amidst the many stereotypes and traditional roles Indian females are known for.

This articulate supporter of gender equality is also an author who has written her own autobiography, On Balance and We, The Children Of India, a book about the Constitution of India for children.

She was the first female judge in the Delhi High Court in 1978 and in 1991, she was appointed the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh, making her the first woman to become a Chief Justice of a state High Court in India. She joined the bar in 1959 after becoming the first woman to top the London Bar exams a year before. 

Justice Seth continued to serve on the 15th Law Commission of India from 1997 to 2000 and made amendments to the Hindu Succession Act which granted equal rights to all daughters in joint family properties. She also engages in arbitration work and is actively involved in human rights projects. 

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