ISBN 9789382277965,Talking of Justice : Peoples Rights in Modern India

Talking of Justice : Peoples Rights in Modern India


Leila Seth


Aleph Book Company



Aleph Book Company

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789382277965

ISBN-10 938227796X

Hard Back

Number of Pages 228 Pages
Language (English)

Human rights

Keenly observed and elegantly argued, Talking of Justice is an accessible guide to our rights by one of the most renowned legal minds of the country.

Sixty-eight years after independence, we have a plenitude of laws, but not enough justice. In the edifice that citizens helped to build in the year 1947, the cracks are now showing. Kudos to Justice Leila Seth for revealing them-so effectively and eloquently! - Fali Nariman

In Talking of Justice, eminent jurist Leila Seth discusses several critical issues that she has engaged with in a legal career spanning over fifty years-violence against women, the nurture of the girl child, the need for a uniform civil code, womens rights, prisoner's rights, gender sensitization of the judiciary and judicial administration, among others.

From the landmark Justice Verma Committee (2012 - 2013), on which she suggested amendments to the law as well as speedier trials and more effective punishment for all those accused of sexual assault and violence against women, to her experience as a member of the 15th Law Commission of India (1997 - 2000), to her appointment as the one-member commission to enquire into the custodial death of Rajan Pillai (1995 - 1997), Leila Seth shares her insights on some of the most substantive and contentious matters facing the nation today.

Keenly observed and elegantly argued, Talking of Justice goes deep into the laws of the land that need to be reviewed and revised and offers suggestions for protecting the rights of the people, especially those who are marginalized and vulnerable.

Interesting Facts

  • Essays on key points of law and human rights on critical issues of womens rights, childrens rights, judicial administration, gender sensitization of the judiciary and more.

  • Written by eminent jurist whose career spans fifty years-as lawyer, judge and chief justice.

  • An easy-to-understand guide for every citizen of India who wants to know his / her rights.

About the Author

Leila Seth was the first woman to top the Bar examinations in London, the first woman judge of the Delhi High Court and the first woman to become chief justice of a state High Court. She was appointed as a judge in 1978 and retired as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh in 1992. In 1995 she was appointed as a one-member commission to examine the death in custody of Rajan Pillai and to suggest improvements in medical facilities for prisoners. She was a member of the 15th Law Commission of India (1997 - 2000) and one of the three members of the 2012 committee (Known as the Justice Verma Committee), which was constituted in the aftermath of the rape in Delhi of the young woman known as Nirbhaya.

She is the author of two previous books, her autobiography, 'On Balance' and 'We, the Children of India', which explains the principles of the Indian constitution to its younger citizens.