Google has dedicated a doodle on its homepage to Rukhmabai Raut on the occasion of what would have been her 153rd birthday. Born in 1864 in Mumbai, Raut was one of the first women to practice medicine in colonial India. She then went on to study at the London School of Medicine for Women in 1889, and obtained her qualifications at Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Brussels. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship
However, her move to go abroad for education did not come that easy. Raut apparently wrote numerous letters in the newspapers under the pseudonym A Hindu Lady, expressing her wish to study medicine. Consequently, a fund was created to support her travel, and study by the British director of Bombay’s Cama Hospital, suffrage activists, and other supporters. After completing her education abroad, Raut then joined a hospital in Surat, serving as chief medical officer the next 35 years. Also Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
“As an activist, Raut fought to stamp out child marriage. Married at age 11 to a 19-year-old groom [Dadaji Bhikaji Raut] chosen by her mother, Raut refused to live with her husband, winding up at the center of one of India’s most famous 19th-century court cases. Her bravery in defying contemporary Indian social customs attracted scrutiny in the British press and led to the passage of the Age of Consent Act in 1891,” writes Google on its blog. Also Read - Sundar Pichai: 5 interesting facts about Google CEO you never heard before
This doodle has been sketched by illustrator Shreya Gupta, who shows the “courageous doctor among her patients, doing the dedicated work of a skilled physician”.