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Born in Calcutta's oldest Shia Muslim family drawing her lineage from the Royal family of Awadh, Manzilat Fatima is the daughter of Dr. Kaukub Qudr Meerza, grandson of King Birjis Qudr son of Jaan e Alam Wajid Ali Shah and Begum Hazrat Mahal (Queen of Awadh and freedom fighter of India's First War of Independence).
She studied in Aligarh Public School, Aligarh and completed graduation in English (Hons) from Women's College, Aligarh Muslim University. After returning to her hometown she got enrolled in Calcutta University for her Master's in English. A few years after her marriage, she completed a 5-year LL.B course in 2002.