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www.newsindiatimes.com – that’s all you need to know News India Times November 24, 2017 22 Diaspora -MUMBAI oogle onWednesday honored Cornelia Sorabji, India's first woman lawyer, on her 151st birth anniversary with a doodle. Cornelia Sorabji was born to Parsi priest Sorabji Karsedji and Francina Ford on November 15 in 1866 in Nashik's Deolali in Maharashtra (Bombay Presidency). She was one of nine siblings, but Sorabji went on to carve her own niche in the country's legal history with several firsts to her credit. Google saluted her many achievements - the first woman graduate of University of Bombay (now Mumbai); first woman lawyer of India who practiced at Allahabad High Court; first woman to ever get admis- sion to a British university - Oxford; and the first female to practice law both in India and Britain at the height of the Indian freedom struggle. The doodle has been designed by Jasjyot Singh Hans and shows Sorabji standing outside the Allahabad High Court, where she launched her practice, attired in a lawyer's robe comprising a black gown, a white band and even a white wig. From Nashik, she shifted and spent part of her childhood in Belgaum (now Karnataka) and Poona (now Pune) and studied in the Deccan College, graduating with high rankings from the University of Bombay in the mid-1880s. She briefly worked at a men's college in Gujarat as a teacher and in 1888 sought assistance of the National Indian Association, UK, to pursue higher educa- tion. Sorabji received support frommany Britons, including Arthur and his wife Mary Hobhouse, Florence Nightingale, Sir WilliamWedderburn and others. She travelled to England in 1889 and lived with the Hobhouse couple. After clearing many obstacles, she became the first woman to join the Somerset Ville, Oxford, for a Bachelor in Civil Laws degree in 1892, with special permission. Upon returning to India in 1894, she plunged into social service and legal advi- sory work, especially for "purda-nashin" women from wealthy or royal families, who had no means to defend their wealth and properties, but Sorabji secured special permission to file pleas on their behalf, yet could not represent them in the courts. In 1897, she graduated in L.L.B. from University of Bombay and passed the gov- ernment pleader's exam from Allahabad High Court in 1899, but was finally recog- nised as a Barrister only after the laws bar- ring women from the legal fraternity were finally changed in 1923. Overcoming all biases and discrimina- tion, she continued to work in different legal capacities in Maharashtra, Allahabad, Bihar, Bengal, Orissa and Assam for over two decades. Between 1900-1930s, she wrote around a dozen books including two autobio- graphical works; travelled extensively in India and the US; helped her mother to found several girls' schools in and around Poona and penned articles for various Indian and British periodicals. After a trailblazing career, Sorabji finally retired as a High Court lawyer in 1929 and settled in London - visiting India only dur- ing winters - where she passed away on July 6, 1954. Nearly 58 years after her death, a statue of her bust was unveiled at the historic Lincoln's Inn in London. -I ANS Google Honors India's 1st Woman Lawyer With Doodle -LONDON A n Indian-origin doctor who was arrested in East Midlands region of England for the circumcision of a three-month-old baby boy without his mother's approval has been released with- out charge. Dr Balvinder Mehat, 61, was accused of circumcising the tot without religious rea- sons in July 2013. The boy underwent the procedure when his paternal grandmother took him for a surgery in Nottingham. "The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) deemed that there would be no realistic prospect of conviction," Nottinghamshire Police said on Thursday, adding that they had "thoroughly investigated the incident", the BBC reported. The boy's mother had complained to Nottinghamshire police after the incident but they deemed it not to be a criminal matter and the case was referred to the General Medical Council. The case was reopened after the mother got help from an anti-circumcision group and a human rights lawyer. Mehat from the Bakersfield Medical Centre in Nottingham was arrested earlier this year in June and he told police that he believed the mother had consented. Police also arrested the boy's father and paternal grandmother on suspicion of con- spiracy to commit grievous bodily harm, but they were released without charge. In a letter to the boy's mother outlining its decision, the CPS said had Mehat per- formed the operation knowing the mother did not consent, his actions may have amounted to an assault. "He may have failed in his professional obligations to discuss the issue of consent with you, but that in itself is not sufficient for there to be a criminal prosecution," the letter stated. Human rights lawyer Saimo Chahal said he is appealing the "flawed and irrational" decision. The boy's mother said circumcision amounts to male genital mutilation and said her son, now aged four, has suffered recurring physical problems, including inflammation and water infections after the act. "I will fight this until my last breath if I have to, it's the only way I can possibly look my son in his eyes," the boy's mother said. Mehat is due to face a hearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service to assess his fitness to practice. -I ANS Indian-origin Doctor Cleared Over Baby's Circumcision In UK Google on Wednesday honored Cornelia Sorabji, India's first woman lawyer, on her 151st birth anniversary with a doodle. G UAE Students Set World Record On Children's Day -WASHINGTON S tudents at an Indian school in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) set a world record on Tuesday by posing as a "human boat" to mark the 128th birth anniversary of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, the Gulf News reported. A total of 4,882 students from the India International School of the Pace Education Group participated in the event by wearing the colours of the UAE National flag which are black, red, green and white at a sports complex in Sharjah city. The children entered the Guinness Book ofWorld Records by forming the largest image composed by humans which from the bird's eye perspective looked like a boat in the colours of the Gulf Arab country, the daily reported. The students, from grade one to eight, will receive a certificate from the GuinnessWorld Records, it said. "It is a great achievement for our stu- dents. It is probably a once-in-a-life- time experience for them," said school principal Manju Reji. "Their life has to go a long way like a boat sailing in an ocean. And the boat is a symbol of the UAE's heritage too. As a symbolic image, we chose the boat for this attempt." Because the UAE National Day is approaching, Reji said the school decided to use the flag colours to have a joint celebration of both the Children's Day -- Nehru's birthday -- and the UAE National Day. -I ANS Bill To Allow NRIs To Vote From Their Locations, India Tells SC -NEW DELHI T he central government on Friday told the Supreme Court that it will bring a bill during theWinter Session of Parliament to amend the Representation of People Act for allow- ing Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to exercise their franchise from their off- shore locations. Seeking that the matter be adjourned for six months, the central government on Friday told the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud that permitting the NRIs to vote from their overseas location was being done through legislation that will be brought during theWinter Session of Parliament. However, the court adjourned the hearing for 12 weeks. In the earlier hearing of the matter on July 21, the top court had asked the central government to tell it the time it would require for bringing a bill to amend the Representation of People Act. A team of ministers had on July 20, 2017, decided that to "facilitate external modes of voting to the overseas elec- tors, amendment to the Representation of People Act, 1951 would be required by way of introduction of Bill in Parliament", the bench was told during the July 21 hearing. -I ANS

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