Seema Kushwaha is an advocate in the Supreme Court of India. She fought the gang-rape and murder case of Nirbhaya, the 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim.
Seema Kushwaha was born on Thursday, 2 October 1986 (age 33 years; as in 2019), in Ugrapur village in Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh. Her full name is Seema Samridhi Kushwaha. She attained an LLB degree from Kanpur University in 2005 and a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 2006 from Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tandon Open University. She has also done Masters in Political Science. She took up Nirbhaya’s case in 2013 and fought it relentlessly for seven long years until execution of the convicts in 2020.
Parents & Siblings
She was born to Baladin Kushwaha (father) and Ramkuanri Kushwaha. She is the fourth daughter of her parents and has five siblings.
Husband & Children
Seema Kushwaha is married to advocate Rakesh Kumar Mishra.
She embarked on her legal practice in the Supreme Court of India in 2013. Until then, she hadn’t fought any case in a court. She was successful in getting approved the death sentence for the four convicts from the Saket Court in 2013, the Delhi High Court in 2014, and then finally from the Supreme Court of India in 2020. Eventually, the convicts were hanged till death at the Delhi’s Tihar Jail on 20 March 2020.
- She was the first girl from her village to continue her studies beyond 8th grade.
- She aspired to become an IAS officer and was preparing for the UPSC exam when the 2012 Nirbhaya Gang-Rape and Murder Case took place.
- Prior to taking up Nirbhaya’s case in 2013, Seema took to the streets in Delhi and participated in the protests seeking justice for Nirbhaya, in the wake of the monstrous crime.
- She didn’t charge any fees in fighting Nirbhaya’s case.
- She is a legal advisor for “Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust,” an institute established by Nirbhaya’s parents to help women who have experienced violence in finding shelter and legal assistance, and also for Jyotiba Phule Foundation for Social Justice.
- Seema Kushwaha supported the Telangana Police in the encounter of accused, in 2019 gang-rape and murder of a veterinarian in an encounter and reprimanded those who were criticising the move.