Talk­ing of Jus­tice Seth

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Leila Seth made ev­ery­thing look easy, whether it was when she be­came the first woman to top the Lon­don Bar exam, the first woman judge of the Delhi High Court in 1978 or the first woman Chief Jus­tice of a state High Court (Hi­machal Pradesh) in 1991. Known for her con­tri­bu­tion to mul­ti­ple law com­mit­tees and cri­tiquing judge­ments when nec­es­sary, the le­gal sys­tem has lost one of its finest ju­rists. Here are high­lights from her ca­reer.

Seth co-au­thored the re­port sug­gest­ing pi­o­neer­ing amend­ments to the Hindu Suc­ces­sion Act (2005) which gave daugh­ters equal rights over in­her­i­tance. n As part of the Jus­tice Verma com­mit­tee re­port (2013), she rec­om­mended amend­ments to crim­i­nal law for speedy tri­als and stricter pun­ish­ments for those who com­mit sex­ual crimes against women.

Staunch critic of the Supreme Court’s ver­dict of re-crim­i­nal­is­ing con­sen­sual sex be­tween ho­mo­sex­u­als, Seth, in a com­pas­sion­ate let­ter, wrote, “To crim­i­nalise the ex­pres­sion of the right to love is pro­foundly cruel and in­hu­mane.”

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