Meenakshi Lekhi

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Meenakshi Lekhi
Meenakshi Lekhi.jpg
Lekhi in 2014
Member of the India Parliament
for New Delhi
Assumed office
27 May 2014
Preceded by Ajay Maken
Majority 1,62,708 (16.77%)
Personal details
Born (1967-04-30) 30 April 1967 (age 49)
New Delhi
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Aman Lekhi
Alma mater Hindu College, University of Delhi
Occupation Lawyer

Meenakshi Lekhi (born 30 April 1967) is an Indian Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha from New Delhi constituency.[1] She is the national spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party[2] and a Supreme Court of India lawyer. Meenakshi Lekhi won the high-profile New Delhi parliamentary constituency with over 4.5 lakh votes as a BJP candidate in the 2014 elections.[3] Besides numerous articles in journals, periodicals and newspapers on social issues, she participates in various television shows on matters on national and international importance. Lekhi writes "Forthwrite", a fortnightly column in The Week magazine.

Early life[edit]

After completing B.Sc. in Botany from Hindu College, Delhi,[4] Meenakshi Lekhi joined Campus Law Centre-I, Delhi University for her LLB. She enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi in 1990, and started practising at the Supreme Court of India, Delhi High Court, and several other courts, tribunals and forums in different parts of the country.

Legal career[edit]

Lekhi has been a part of the Drafting Committees for Bills like 'Women's Reservation Bill' and 'Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill'. The latter was passed by the Parliament as an Act in 2013.[citation needed]

Meenakshi Lekhi represented the media in court to get the ban on media coverage of case proceedings revoked. She was successful in this effort.[5] She took up the case of permanent commissioning of women in the Indian armed forces in the Supreme Court.[6] Meenakshi Lekhi was also the lawyer of the victim in the Shanti Mukund Hospital rape case.[7]

Social Work[edit]

Meenakshi Lekhi has been a member of the National Commission for Women's special committee, Chairperson of the Special Task Force on Women Empowerment, Vice Chairperson of JPM, Blind School (New Delhi) and Joint Secretary of the Blind Relief Association, Delhi.[citation needed]

In July 2013, over 115 women signed a letter seeking an apology from Lekhi for her comment on terrorist-suspect Ishrat Jahan in a television channel which was sent to the National Commission for Women.[8]

As a parliament member[edit]

Meenakshi Lekhi contested elections from the New Delhi parliamentary constituency in the General Elections 2014 and defeated incumbent Ajay Maken by a margin of 2.7 lakh votes.[9] Lekhi is currently the Presiding Officer of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).[10] She is the ex-officio Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (India chapter) and has been nominated as a member of the Press Council of India by the Lok Sabha Speaker.[11]She is also currently an active member of the Standing Committee on Urban Development, Committee of Privileges, Consultative Committee of Commerce and Committee of Housing.[12]

On 28 Aug 2015, Ministry of Urban Development & NDMC approved the renaming of Aurangzeb Road as Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road.[13]Lekhi had endorsed this decision.[14][15]


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