1942-1946 Jansi Rani Regiment
MIC Women Section derived its origins from the Jansi Rani Regiment under Captain Lakshimi (Indian National Army Women Wing). INA’s Training Camp was launched in Rangoon on Oct 21st 1943. Training Camp in Singapore was officiated 22nd Oct 1943 by Netaji Subash Chandra Bose of Indian National Army. Indian women from Malaya, Singapore, Burma, Thailand, etc joined the camp for military training for Indian Independance Movement. MIC was formed in 1946.
Malaya Indian Women before Independence (1957)
Tan Sri Devaki Krishnan has been a long serving women in MIC. She was actively involved in both social and political services. She was the first Indian women to contest and win the Town Council seat on 16 February 1952. Representing MIC CWC in 1952 and 1953, she also held the position of MIC National Women Deputy leader during her active days. In 1984, she was conferred “Tokoh Wanita” and subsequently the highest title for women “Tun Fatimah”. She is the first Indian women to be conferred with “Tan Sri” by the Agong on 3rd June 1995. This has been a great achivement and acknowledgement given to Indian women by the Malaysian government.
Mrs Elice Somasundram has been actively involved in social services in the early days. Mrs Elice was married to Mr VJ Somasundram, a CWC member in 1952 and also Selangor State MIC leader. On 16 Feb 1952 Mrs Elice was elected to contest Bangsar Town Council seat under UMNO ticket. Though lost, she is known as the only Indian women to be given that recognition by UMNO.
Mrs E.Ramachandran a social activist was seen in the political arena in the 50′s. She was one of the Indian women other than Mrs Elice Somasundram and Tan Sri Devaki Krishnan to be given the previlage to contest Town Council seat in 1952.
The first Indian woman to have won a Parlimentary seat is Dr Leela Rama. She won the Kapar MP seat in the 9th election. While holding the position of Wilayah Persekutuan MIC Women leader and National Women Deputy, she contested and won the MIC CWC seat. Infact she is known as the first women to contest and win the CWC seat.
Under theleadership of Tan Sri Manickavasagam, Pn Sri Janaki Athinagappan wife of Tan Sri Athinagappan was appointed as first MIC National Women Leader. Pn Sri Janaki was an active member in Jansi Rani Regiment. She was also actively involved in Girl Guide movements. Pn Sri Janaki was also the first women Senator under Dato Sri S. Samy Vellu’s leadership.
Under the leadership of Dato Sri S. Samyvellu, Datin Valli Muthusamy became the 2nd MIC National Women Leader. Holding senatorship during her tenure, she was also the first MIC women to be picked to contest State Assembly State. Losing the seat did not deter her active involvement and participation in political and social services for the country in common and the Indian community in particular.
Pn Sri Sarasa Pasamanickam, wife of former Johor State MIC leader Tan Sri Pasamanickam was appointed as Senator in November 1992 before succeding Datin Valli Muthusamy as the 3rd MIC National Women Leader. An ex-teacher Pn Sri Sarasa was well known for her involvement in social and welfare services in Johor State.
Datin Paduka Jaya Parthiban was the 4th MIC National Women Leader. Wanita MIC received its then highest achievement when Datin Paduka Jaya Parthiban was awarded Datukship by the Selangor State. Datin Paduka Jaya Parthiban is the first Indian women to be awarded with Datukship.