Fathima Beevi

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Justice M. Fathima Beevi was the first woman judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court of India (1989) and the first Muslim woman to be appointed to any higher judiciary. She is the first woman judge of a Supreme Court of a nation in India and Asia. On her retirement from the court she served as a member of the National Human Rights Commission and as Governor in Tamil Nadu (1997–2001).

Early life

Fathima Beevi was born on 30 April 1927 at Pathanamthitta, Kerala state, India as the child of Meera Sahib and Khadeeja Bibi.

Education

She did her schooling in Catholicate High School, Pathanamthitta and degree B.Sc. at University College, Trivandrum. She took her B.L. from Government Law College, Trivandrum.

Career

She was enrolled as Advocate on 14 November 1950. She began her career in the lower judiciary in Kerala. She was appointed as the Munsiff in the Kerala Sub-ordinate Judicial Services in May, 1958. She was promoted as the Sub-ordinate Judge in 1968 and as the Chief Judicial Magistrate in 1972, as District & Sessions Judge in 1974.<ref...
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