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Indian-origin Manpreet Monica Singh sworn in as America’s 1st female Sikh judge


Manpreet Monica Singh, of Indian descent, on Friday became the first Sikh female judge in the US. She was sworn in as a judge of the Harris County Civil Court at Law #4 in Texas.

“Mom, we made it! It’s a ‘real honor’ to represent the people of Harris County as a Sikh civil court judge. Thank you to everyone who attended. make this a historic moment, an event that one day won’t be a rarity anymore – because there will be a judicial body composed of countless Sikhs and minorities I’m willing to put my 2 decades of experience to good use,” she wrote in one Facebook parcel.

Monica Singh was born and raised in Houston and currently lives in Bellaire with her husband and two children. She has been a trial attorney for two decades and remains involved with numerous civil rights organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

“That means a lot to me because I represent H-town the most, so it’s weI’m happy about that…I think it’s important for children, as they go through their education, that they can see that there’s potential for careers that we haven’t had access to before.” she said.

The ceremony took place in a packed courtroom, with Indian-American Judge Ravi Sandill – the state’s first South Asian judge – presiding over the event.

“It was a really big moment for the Sikh community…When they see someone of color, someone a little different, they know that opportunity is always there for them. Manpreet Not only is she an ambassador for Sikhs but she’s an ambassador for all women of color,” Sandill said.

(With input from agencies)

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