Seema Kushwaha is an advocate, practising in the Supreme Court of India who is known for representing the victims of the Nirbhaya gang rape, in 2012 and the Hathras gang rape, in 2020 India Today.In October 2021, she took the case of city businessman Manish Gupta who died following alleged torture by the police during a raid at a hotel in Gorakhpur. The Times of India.She hails from a small village in Uttar Pradesh. She said in an interview, If you Google it, it wouldnt show upthats how remote it is..She is the youngest child in her family having 2 elder brothers and 4 sisters. Her birth was not accepted by her family except by her father and aunt (her fathers sister). She revealed in an interview, When my mother had me, a girl, everyone except my dad and bua was unhappy. The elders and even my mom considered killing me, What will we do with one more girl? they debated. But bua and papa intervened and I got a shot at life..Seema belongs to a family, where the birth of a girl child was not accepted. Seema shared in an interview that she and her sisters were not treated equally to her brothers.Seemas struggle started at the age of five. She used to travel 1 km to travel to school. Femina Seema shared in an interview, I fought to go to school which was 1 km away from my village. We had to cross a jungle to get there, but somehow 7 of us girls managed until the 8th grade. Post that all the girls in my class dropped out as the senior school was three kilometres away and the villagers were against it. But I was stubborn..Seemas teacher, Jagdish Tripathi, forced her father to send her to school, and then, she became the first girl from her village to study beyond class eighth.Since childhood, Seema was intolerant of patriarchy and eve-teasing. Sharing her childhood memories, she said in an interview, When a boy tried to pass cheap comments, I beat him black and blue. A crowd gathered & that guy began apologising, but I said, Mein chodungi nahi tujhe! word spread. These boys would say, Bahut dangerous ladki hain, usse panga mat lena, woh seedhe maarne lagti hain..She was a brilliant student and very devoted to her studies. Along with her studies, she used to be a part of extracurricular activities. While sharing her passion for learning, she said in an interview, I didnt care about much else. I put on my worn-out slippers, carried my jhola, took my brothers cycle and went to class. I took part in everything. I gave speeches and even got chosen to captain my NCC team in Lucknow and again everyone in my village opposed. Shell go to the city and ruin our name, they said, but my dad supported me. I took money from my brother and without telling anyone, left for Lucknow. There, we won the competition and my name came in the paper, a small article about a village girl leading her team to victory..Seema sold her earrings and Payal and started teaching in a school to pay her college fees. Femina.