Anna Chandy: The story of India’s first woman high court judge


Anna Chandy, one of India’s first female judges, was also the first Indian woman to serve as a judge in a high court.

Born in 1905 in what is today Kerala, she went on to have an illustrious career that included eight years as a judge in the Kerala High Court, as well as a post on the Law Commission.

Chandy dedicated her life to fighting for women’s right to work. She even publicly challenged her contemporaries to demand quotas for women in government jobs.

Produced by Harita Kandpal

Animations by Nikita Deshpande, illustrations by Gopal Shoonya

This story is part of a series on women icons from Indian history. Here are other stories from the series:

  • The trailblazing first woman lawmaker of India

  • The forgotten 19th Century feminist
  • The child bride whose divorce Queen Victoria approved



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