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Godavari Parulekar

(1907 – 1996) – (Maharashtra)

Godavari Parulekar (Aged 89) born in 1907 was the first woman to graduate in law from Maharashtra. She was an active participant in the student movement against British rule and was deeply drawn towards the freedom struggle. She also engaged in individual satyagraha, for which she was convicted by the British regime in 1932.

Subsequently, Godavari moved to Mumbai and became involved in social service with the Servants of India Society, founded by Gopal Krishna Gokhale in 1905, during the early 1930s. She was the first woman to be inducted as a life member of the society. She was influenced by Marxist ideologies and led the armed struggle for the liberation of Dadra and Nagar Haveli from Portuguese rule, as well as the Warli Adivasi Revolt in 1945. She passed away in 1996.