Supreme Court for the first time in 67 years, will put a portrait of a woman lawyer in one of its library.
Kapila Hingorani was the spark behind the public interest litigation revolution in India. Being one of the first women lawyers to practice in the Supreme Court of India, Hingorani later brought about a revolution in Indian legal system.
She fought and won the first ever case that challenged the traditional rule of the legal system "Locus Standi".
Hingorani was highly inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. She introduced unique jurisprudence that gives access to justice for poor and disadvantaged.
Legal fraternity remembers Kapila Hingorani as "Mother of PILs", her color portrait will be seen alongside with those of MC Setalvad,
CK Daphtary and RK Jain in the SC's second library.
Chief Justice Dipak Misra while releasing her portrait on Tuesday said: " This was long overdue."
The honor of Hingorani should have come much earlier as she was the real crusader of justice for the voiceless, he added.
Hingorani was the first woman to graduate from Cardiff Law School in Britain and also first one to file first ever PIL in the apex court in 1979.
Her first ever plea was for undertrial prisoners awaiting for years. Sometimes spending more time in prison than their actual sentence.
Her PIL promoted the apex court to issue extensive guidelines for a speedy trial and about 40,000 undertrial prisoners were released.
She was 86 when she died in 2013 after a remarkable career nearly of 60 years.
The Supreme court Bar Association president Rupinder Suri said that releasing the portrait of Kapila Hingorani is rightful recognition of her achievements. She was Barrister she could have practiced in the UK, but she chose India.
A plaque at her Cardiff alma mater also reads "Defender of human rights" honoring the PIL lady Kapila Hingorani.