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Where dad sold tea, daughter is now a judge

Gautam Dheer Chandigarh, Dec 26, 2015, DHNS
Shruti with her family at the felicitation ceremony.

Surinder Kumar always felt his daughter would do good in life, but that she would one day go on to become a judge, he never imagined.

For long, Kumar sold tea at the court complex of the sub-divisional magistrate in the nondescript town of Nakodar in Punjab, and in a year’s time, his 23-year-old daughter Shruti will soon be delivering judgments in the very courts.

Shruti cracked the Punjab Civil Services (Judicial) examination in her first attempt and after a year of training at the Judicial academy, she will soon adorn the coveted post. Kumar says there cannot be anything more rewarding in life.

Talking to Deccan Herald, Shruti said its a dream come true. “I always wanted to be associated with the legal profession. I wanted to be a judge. I sat for the examination and stood first in the SC category,” she said.

After completing college education from Guru Nanak Dev University, Shruti graduated in law from Punjabi University, Patiala.

Shruti, however, feels women cracking competitive exams is no more a rare feat. “My friends like Harpreet Kaur Sidhu have also qualified in the judicial examination. Her father is a police inspector. I am not the only one,” she said.

On Thursday, the locals felicitated Shruti for her achievement, which was best described by Rajya Sabha MP and BJP vice-president Avinash Rai Khanna as “an honour for Punjab.”


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