Court Peon’s Daughter Dreamt of Joining the Legal Profession. Today She Is a Judicial Magistrate


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Amrin Kasim, the daughter of a peon in a Nagpur court, has achieved her dream of becoming a part of the legal profession. After a tough exam, she has been selected as a Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC).

24-year-old Amrin Kasim, daughter of Ghulam Pathan, a court employee, spent a major part of her formative years being attracted towards the legal profession. And today, she has accomplished her dream of making a mark in the very same field.

Her father is a class IV staffer posted at the court of ad hoc district and additional sessions court in Nagpur.

And Amrin, after clearing the competitive Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) examination in her first attempt in April this year, is all set to take charge as one of the JMFCs in Bhandara court later this month.

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Amrin was always passionate about this field of work, and thus, after clearing her five years’ degree from Dr BR Ambedkar College of Law in 2011, she started practicing under former judge-turned-advocate Shyamnayan Abhyankar. At the same time, she also started coaching for the JMFC selection test.

According to a Times of India report, Amrin used to visit the courtroom to see her father’s workplace, and there she would pester him to let her occupy the judge’s chair. Her father said that she would always be in awe of the cloaks of lawyers. Ghulam Pathan, in spite of being a peon, did his best to provide his daughter with the best education and all possible assistance. Amrin proudly says that her father used to talk to her mostly about examinations and results, than about marriage proposals.

She wanted to get a position among the top 10 in the state, and for that she studied 16 hours a day.

“My parents and younger brother Irshad supported me a lot and allowed me to pursue my dream especially when girls of my age in our community are expected to tie the knot soon after graduation. The credit also goes to my mentor (Abhyankar),” she told Times of India.

The District Bar Association had organized a felicitation programme for the newly selected judicial officials and their families on Oct. 17, 2015. A judicial magistrate is under the general control of the Sessions Judge and is subordinate to the Chief Judicial Magistrate.

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