India first female lawyer 151st birthday: Google on Wednesday paid its tributes to Cornelia Sorabji, India’s first woman lawyer, through a dedicated doodle on the occasion of her 151st birth anniversary.A woman with many accolades to her kitty, Cornelia was the first female graduate from Bombay University, the first woman to read law at Oxford University and the first Indian national to study at any British university, the first female advocate in India, and the first woman to practise law in India and Britain. Cornelia was born in Nashik as one among nine children to Reverend Sorabji Karsedji and his wife, Francina Ford, who had been adopted and raised by a British couple.She enrolled in Deccan College, and claims to have topped the Presidency in her final degree examination, which would have entitled her to a government scholarship to study further in England. Subsequently, Sorabji presented herself for the LLB examination of Bombay University in 1897 and pleader’s examination of Allahabad high court in 1899.However, despite her successes, Sorabji would not be recognised as a barrister, unless the law that barred women from practising was changed in 1923. Sorabji began petitioning the India Office in 1902 to provide for a female legal advisor to represent women and minors in provincial courts. In 1904, she was appointed Lady Assistant to the Court of Wards of Bengal and by 1907, due to the need for such representation; Sorabji was working in the provinces of Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, and Assam. It is estimated that over due course of time, Sorabji helped over 600 women and orphans fight legal battles, sometimes at no charge.
She would later write about many of these cases in her work Between the Twilights and her two autobiographies. In 1924, the legal profession was opened to women in India, and Sorabji began practising in Kolkata. India first female lawyer 151st birthday. However, due to male bias and discrimination, she was confined to preparing opinions on cases, rather than pleading them before the court. Sorabji retired from the high court in 1929, and settled in London, where she eventually passed away on July 6, 1954.
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