Victoria Gowri Muhturam is an Indian legal practitioner and former politician who got appointed as an additional judge of the Madras High Court at Chennai on 7 February 2023 amid a hearing of petitions against her elevation to the High Court in the Supreme Court of India. Gowri, by her own admission, is the general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party Mahila Morcha.
L. Victoria Gowri , also known as Lekshmana Chandra Victoria Gowri , was born on Monday, 21 May 1973 (age 50 years; as of 2023). She hails from Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu. Her zodiac sign is Gemini. She did her schooling at Little Flower Higher Secondary School. She was the pupil leader of her school. After completing her schooling, Victoria obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Government Law College, Madurai, in 1995. She enrolled at the Madras Bar Council (now, Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry) on 27 September 1995. Thereafter, she pursued an M.Sc. from Mother Teresa University, Kodaikanal.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Not much is known about her parents.
Husband & Children
L. Victoria Gowri is married to Thulasi Muthuram, who works as a Manager of Maintenance at M/S Kanam latex Industries pvt. ltd. Together, the couple has two daughters.
As a Legal Practitioner
After enrolling at the Madras Bar Council in September 1995, Victoria Gowri began practising Law independently before the Sub-ordinate Judge’s Court at Karur. After a brief practice, in 1996, she shifted to Kanyakumari District Court. A year later, she established her law firm named VVictory Legal Associates in the Kanyakumari district. Having six advocates in its panel, VVictory Legal Associates is one of the leading law firms in Kanyakumari, known for their distinguished services in Civil, Family, Criminal, and Writs & Appeal cases. In 2006, she extended her practice to the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court, where she was serving as the Assistant Solicitor General of India.
On 17 January 2023, her name was recommended to be appointed as a judge of the Madras High Court by the Supreme Court Collegium. She was appointed as an additional judge of the Madras High Court at Chennai on 7 February 2023 after clearance from the centre. At the time of her swearing-in ceremony, a petition against her elevation to the Madras High Court was being heard in the Supreme Court of India.
As a Politician
Apparently, Victoria Gowri joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019.
As per her Twitter account, she once served as the National General Secretary of BJP Mahila Morcha.
She was an active member of the BJP until September 2020.
In 2023, following the Supreme Court Collegium’s recommendation to appoint Victoria Gowri as an additional judge of the Madras High Court, several lawyers at the Madras High Court began protesting against her appointment. The protesting lawyers claimed that her past public speeches carried controversial remarks against religious minorities like Muslims and Christians. They also pointed to her previous association with the Bharatiya Janata Party. The lawyers even filed a petition in the Supreme Court of India against her elevation, alleging that her past speeches show strong prejudices against citizens on grounds of their religious affiliations. On 7 February 2023, she was administered the oath as an additional judge of the Madras High Court by the acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, T Raja amid the hearing of the petition against her in the Supreme Court of India. A special bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai dismissed the petition, saying that the bench cannot direct the SC Collegium to reconsider its recommendation on Victoria Gowri. The bench further said that there had been instances when the additional judge was not made permanent based on his performance. After Supreme Court announced its verdict, several lawyers from Chennai staged a protest against it.
- Victoria Gowri has received the award of best social worker of Kanyakumari District by Dr. B. C. Awards.
- A social worker, Victoria served as the District Secretary of Mangayar Managlam NGO for a while.
- She is an ardent follower of the spiritual guru Mata Amritanandamayi.
- Victoria Gowri is well-versed in English, Hindi, and Malayalam.
- Apparently, Gowri is the first woman lawyer to establish an independent office in Kanyakumari District.