Manpreet Monica Singh makes historical past, sworn in as first feminine Sikh decide in US
Houston, January 9
Indian-origin Manpreet Monica Singh has been sworn in as a Harris county decide, turning into the primary feminine Sikh decide within the US.
Singh was born and raised in Houston and now lives in Bellaire together with her husband and two youngsters.
She was sworn in as a decide of the Harris County Civil Court docket at Regulation No. 4 in Texas on Friday.
Singh’s father immigrated to the US within the early Nineteen Seventies.
A trial lawyer for 20 years, she has been concerned in quite a few civil rights organizations on the native, state, and nationwide ranges.
“It means so much to me as a result of I signify H-town (a nickname of Houston) essentially the most, so for it to be us, I am completely satisfied for it,” she mentioned on the oath ceremony.
Indian-American Choose Ravi Sandill, the state’s first South Asian decide, presided over the ceremony, which befell in a packed courtroom.
“It is a actually large second for the Sikh group,” Sandill mentioned.
“Once they see somebody of color, somebody just a little totally different, they know that chance is obtainable to them. Manpreet shouldn’t be solely an envoy for Sikhs, however she’s an envoy for all ladies of color,” he mentioned.
There are an estimated 500,000 Sikhs within the US, with 20,000 Sikhs dwelling within the Houston space.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner mentioned: “It was a proud day for the Sikh Group, but additionally a proud day for all folks of Color who see the Variety of the Metropolis of Houston within the Variety of the Court docket”.