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‘Mother of PILs’ Kapila Hingorani Becomes First Woman to Have Her Portrait in SC Library

Team SoOLEGAL 6 Dec 2017 12:44pm

‘Mother of PILs’ Kapila Hingorani Becomes First Woman to Have Her Portrait in SC Library

The late Kapila Hingorani became the first woman lawyer to have her portrait unveiled in the Supreme Court library in its 67-year history.  The Supreme Court will put a portrait of a woman lawyer in one of its libraries for the first time in India’s top court history.

Popularly referred to as the ‘mother of Public Interest Litigations’ by Indian media, Hingorani practiced at the Supreme Court at a time when there were just two other women lawyers there. When she passed away on 30 December 2013, she was the senior-most woman lawyer enrolled with the SC.

A colour photograph of illustrious barrister Kapila Hingorani, known in legal circles as the Mother of PILs, will be seen alongside images of judicial luminaries MC Setalvad, CK Daphtry and RK Jain in the court’s second library.

“This was long overdue,” Chief Justice Dipak Misra said after releasing her portrait. The honour for Hingorani should have come much earlier as she was a true harbinger of justice for the voiceless, he added.

Hingorani, the first Indian woman to graduate from Cardiff Law School in Britain, was the first lawyer to file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the top court in 1979. [Source: HT]

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