Justice M. Fathima Beevi, the first female Judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court of India, passed away at the age of 96 in Kerala’s Kollam. From 1950, when the Supreme Court of India came into existence, it took 39 years for Justice Fathima Beevi to be appointed the country's first female Supreme Court judge in 1989.
There have been 11 female justices in the court since then. Presently there is 3 sitting female judges out of the total 34 judges (including Chief Justice of India) in the court.
Fathima Beevi, also the governor of Tamil Nadu, died at a hospital, was unmarried. She was the Tamil Nadu Governor from 1997 to 2001 when Jayalalitha was the state Chief Minister. She also served as a member of the National Human Rights Commission.
Born in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore in 1927 in Kerala, Beevi was a role model for addressing the gender imbalance in the legal profession on the whole.
Anna Chandy was India's first woman high court judge, Anna Chandy was born in 1905 in the modern-day Kerala.