On Women’s Day, Harvard Law School Honours Jailed Activist Sudha Bharadwaj
The Annual Harvard Law International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit showcases “astounding contributions of women around the world to the areas of law and policy".
Jailed civil liberties lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj has been recognised by Harvard Law University in the 6th Annual Harvard Law International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit, that showcases the “astounding contributions of women around the world to the areas of law and policy.”
The Honorees list of 2019, in which Sudha features, has been compiled by Harvard Law School students, faculty and staff. The HLU website defines them as “powerful voices in their respective fields, whether they are sitting on a high court bench, standing in front of a classroom, or marching in the streets.”
Bharadwaj has been known for the grit and passion with which she has fought a battle with no certain end for the rights of most marginalised communities in India. She had been working in Chhattisgarh for 29 years now, the state with one of worst records of human rights in India. Before being arrested by the Pune police on charges of having links with Maoists, she led a legal battle against industrialist Gautam Adani’s mining activities.
Bharadwaj, along with four other activists, was arrested last year in a nation-wide operation. The arrests were widely condemned as Modi government’s attempt to silence it’s critics.
She is featured alongside personalities such as Romania’s former anti-corruption head Laura Codruta Kovesi, American women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred, Puerto Rican politician and philanthropist Sila María Calderón; and American politician, novelist and lawyer Stacey Abrams among others. In a double honour for India, the Honoree List with names of twenty-one women has also recognised senior advocate Maneka Guruswamy for her contribution. The portraits of the honorees are exhibited in the Wasserstein Hall, at Harvard Law School.