Reg.Honor of Memory of First Lady Advocate ‘Cornelia Sorabji’ on International Women’s Day
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Date: 21st January, 2017
Hon’ble Chief Justice,
Bombay High Court
Sub: Regarding Honor of Memory of First Lady Advocate ‘Cornelia Sorabji’ on the occasion of International Women’s Day i.e. 8th March, 2017.
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Cornelia Sorabji was the first lady Advocate who applied for enrollment as Vakil to Bombay High Court in 1897. However her enrollment was refused on a very evasive ground by the then Chief Justice of Bombay High Court with a remark, “women should not have anything to do with law”. Inspite of this disrespect, hatred and abuses she still continued her efforts with the Government to get an Order passed allowing lady Advocates to enroll as Vakil. As a result of the same, in 1920 – 1921 lady Advocates in India acquired the right to plead before the Courts of Law.
Bombay High Court is always a frontrunner in respecting the Advocates who have contributed to the improvement and enhancement of legal profession. It is important to note that Lincoln’s Inn inaugurated a bust of Cornelia Sorabji, in 2012. Keeping the tradition of Bombay High Court alive, we most humbly and respectfully request that a monument or a portrait may be mounted in the premises of Bombay High Court in the memory of the first Lady Advocate ‘Cornelia Sorabji’ on the occasion of International Women’s Day i.e. 8th March, 2017.
We feel that there would be no better way to celebrate the International Women’s Day if the appropriate monument/ portrait of the first Lady Advocate at the hands of Your Ladyship.
Rahul Mhaskar Nachiket Kulkarni
Advocate, Founder Advocate, Co-Founder
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