Justice Fathima Beevi, the trailblazing figure who became the first woman judge of the Supreme Court and later served as the Governor of Tamil Nadu, passed away at the age of 96 in a private hospital. Her death marks the end of a remarkable journey characterized by groundbreaking achievements and contributions to the legal and political landscape of India.

Born in Pathanamthitta, Kerala, Justice Beevi’s educational journey started at Town School and Catholicate High School. She pursued her passion for law, obtaining a BSc in chemistry from University College, Thiruvananthapuram, followed by a BL from Government Law College. In 1950, she achieved the top position in the Bar Council exam, marking the commencement of her illustrious legal career in the lower judiciary of Kerala.

Justice Beevi’s accomplishments were not only historic but also emblematic of her courage and dedication. Breaking barriers, she became the first Muslim woman judge in any Higher Judiciary and earned the distinction of being the first woman judge of the Supreme Court in Asia.

Her journey in the judiciary was marked by a commitment to justice and an unwavering sense of purpose. After retiring from the Supreme Court, she continued her service to society as a member of the National Human Rights Commission. Subsequently, she assumed the role of the Governor of Tamil Nadu, adding another chapter to her impactful career.

Justice Beevi’s life story serves as an inspiration, illustrating that willpower and a sense of purpose can overcome adversity. Her legacy as a trailblazer in the legal field and a symbol of empowerment for women will continue to resonate and inspire generations to come. The nation mourns the loss of a brave and pioneering woman who left an indelible mark on India’s legal and political history.