Abha Singh Attending an event organized by her NGO, Rann-Samar
Spouse(s) Yogesh Pratap Singh
Children Aditya Pratap & Isha Singh
Abha Singh did her schooling from Loreto Convent, Lucknow and her graduation from Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow, registering herself as the topper of her batch. She has done an M.Phil on Child Rights from Jawahal Lal Nehru University, New Delhi and her LL.B. from Mumbai University. In 1994 she cleared the UPSC examination and joined the Indian Postal Service.
One of her primary influences was her mother who had the unique distinction of being the first woman from her village to attain Post-Graduation in 1961 from Allahabad University.
Abha Singh started her career as a customs appraiser in Bombay custom house in 1991 and remained there till 1994. Then, she joined the Indian Postal Service and later started her practice as a lawyer in the Bombay High Court.
In Indian Postal Service
Abha Singh joined the Indian Postal Service in 1995. During her stint as Director Postal Services in Uttar Pradesh she pioneered the usage of solar panels to power post offices – thereby making advanced postal services accessible to the remotest of villages. One little post office in Gauriganj village came on the national stage when the president of Indian National Congress, Rahul Gandhi himself came to inaugurate it. It gave an impetus to harness solar energy in places where electricity is scarce.
As a Lawyer
Abha Singh, often regarded as the bluntest lawyer in Bombay, has been a part of some of the major celebrity cases as well as social cases in India. Some of the notable cases that she had participated in as a lawyer are -
When Justice Markanday Katju, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Press Council of India wrote to the governor of Maharashtra asking him to pardon Sanjay Dutt for his involvement in the 1993 bomb blasts. She was the first to bring to the notice of the public that he was exerting undue influence and wrote to the governor rebutting his flawed assertions.
She was responsible for highlighting the Zaibunissa Kazi’s case.
When the BMC gave notice to demolish the “Puncham Pyao” water fountain opposite Bombay Gymkhana she successfully fought for them and got a stay from the Court.
Accused AIB for organizing AIB Knockout for spreading obscenity.
She has been pursuing the Salman Khan Hit-and-Run case consistently and is an active legal participant in the case.
As an Author
Bhagyashree at the launch of Abha Singh’s book Stree-Dasha Aur Disha
Abha Singh launched her book Stree – Dasha aur Disha which promotes women empowerment by highlighting real-time cases and their legal recourse, and aims to educate women of their rights. Gul Panag, Bhagyashree & other celebs praised her on launching of book 'Stree – Dasha aur Disha'.
As Social Activists
Abha Singh welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict which paves the way for reopening of dance bars in Maharashtra.
A seminar on LGBT rights, adultery and the pothole menace in the city of Mumbai was hosted by social activist and lawyer Abha Singh and Advocate Aditya Pratap. Actor Zayed Khan, too spoke about the Mumbai curse and quest for justice. He promised to support Dadarao Bilhore who fills potholes in Mumbai city as a tribute to his son who had died in a pothole accident.
Menstrual problems must be addressed by passing a law entitling women to menstrual leave,” says Abha Singh.All eyes must now turn to Parliament, which, having enacted the Maternity Benefit Act in 1961, is at an opportune moment to undo the injustice that has plagued women for ages.
Abha Singh delivered a riveting speech on the impact of the #MeToo Movement on the corporate culture in India in Columbia, New York. She was invited by the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University as a speaker at the India Dialogues, which is a day-long conference of academicians, policy practitioners, future policy-leaders, media persons and the Indian Diaspora in America.