Indian-origin Houstonians Manpreet Monica Singh, the first female Sikh judge in the United States, was recently sworn in as a judge for Harris County.
The Singh family moved from Houston to Bellaire, where Ms. Singh currently resides with her husband and two young children.
On Friday, she took the oath of office and became the fourth judge in Harris County, Texas, to preside over the Civil Court at Law.
Her father came to the United States in the early 1970s.
She has been a trial attorney for over two decades and has worked with several civil rights groups on the state, regional, and national levels.
At the oath ceremony, she added, “For it to be us, I’m pleased for it because I represent H-town (a nickname for Houston) the most.”
Judge Ravi Sandill, an Indian American and the state’s first South Asian judge, presided over the event.
Mr. Sandill remarked, “It’s a pretty momentous time for the Sikh community.”
“For the first time, kids realise that opportunity exists when they encounter someone who looks different from themselves. Manpreet is a role model for women of colour everywhere, and not only the Sikh community “What he had to say was.
About 20% of the country’s 500,000 Sikhs call the Greater Houston area home.
“It was a happy day for the Sikh Community, but also a proud day for all people of Color who recognise the Diversity of the City of Houston in the Diversity of the Court,” remarked Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston.