Sunday, January 30, 2011

Leila, 81, continues to strive for welfare of society

Leila seth is reading her own book 

Leila seth with her husband

Leila Seth has proved herself at every stages of life. She is among those people who dare to go against the tide to accomplish their goals. Despite being 81-year-old, Leila continues to work for the welfare of society with enthusiasm.

A resident of Sector 15, Noida, she is not only professionally acclaimed but has also given the best for her family and still continues to do the same. She was first woman Chief Justice of a High Court in India and first woman judge of Delhi High Court. She also topped London Bar examination just three months after giving birth to her youngest son.

Completed Bachelors from Calcutta University
She was born in Lucknow and did her schooling from Larato Convent school, Darjeeling and completed her Bachelors in English from Calcutta University. Leila's father died when she was just 11-year-old and this incident changed her life to a great extent. She got married in her twenties and always wanted to go abroad for higher studies and her dream came true when her husband Premo got posted in England.

Sometimes, we take prompt actions and they turn out with best results and the same thing happened with Leila Seth. She got enrolled herself in a law school just because there was no requirement of regular attendance in that course. She took it seriously.

'Premo is my pillar of strength'
"I have brought up my three kids in a well manner and they are now one of the most interesting young people. None of them do a nine to five job and they are very happy and successful. It was not that easy for me to handle them during my studies and work. My husband Premo is my pillar of strength and has always motivated me," said Leila Seth."Initially, I struggled a lot to prove myself as there is a male dominating society in India and there were only few women in this profession," she added.

Worked with many NGOs
Apart from judiciary, Leila Seth worked with many national and international NGOs too. She was the chairperson of the executive committee of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, New Delhi and a member of the World Commission on Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, which was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

'Education is key to prosperity'
She also worked as a chairperson of MARG (Multiple Action Research Group) in South Delhi. Through workshops, seminars and books, she increased legal literacy among women immensely. "Not just women's legal literacy, education in general is always my first concern. Education is the key to prosperity, enjoyment and the way to avoid any kind of prejudice," said Leila Seth. Her contribution for the welfare of the society never stops, presently she is an active member of Help Age India organisation, which works for the welfare of senior citizens. She is also a board member in various schools and colleges.
As her son Vikram Seth, she has also written two books 'On balance' and 'We the children of India'.

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