Awabai Wadia: Sri Lankan lawyer who established the roots of family planning in India

  • Parinaz Madan and Dinyar Patel
  • for BBC Hindi

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In 1933, a woman wearing a sari became an international focus. That year, 19-year-old Awabai Wadia, a resident of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), had passed the British Bar Exam.

Following its success, the Sri Lankan government began encouraging women to study law.

It also inspired the government to formulate policies for women’s rights at the time it had passed the bar exam.

But when he died in 2005, he had become an international name known to the family planning movement.

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