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Advocate from K'taka set to take up challenge as head of NY bar's Int'l Human Rights Committee

October 11, 2021 10:48 PM

Bengaluru, Oct 11

 Ramya Jawahar Kudekallu, a 32-year-old advocate from Bengaluru, who has been appointed as the Chairperson of New York City Bar's International Human Rights Committee, is all set to take up big challenges in terms of addressing community hardships and getting "impact" in the system to ensure changes.

"I was nominated for the Committee after the background checks and I am extremely happy for being confirmed with an esteemed honorary title. The Committee did not have a woman of colour as the Chairperson all these days. They have also picked a non-white young woman. I am ready to take risks involved with this responsibility. Fighting for human rights is always challenging, whether it is in India or anywhere. New York is comparatively safer, " Kudekallu told IANS.

Her role includes leading the committee's work, continuing the ongoing work, seeing how it can intervene with the issues of the oppressed, and how to spotlight legal analysis.

Kudekallu has done her schooling in Ooty and Dubai and studied law at Bishop Cotton Women's Christian Law College, Bengaluru. She did her masters in International Law and Human Rights at Fordham University, New York. She currently teaches at Cardozo Law School, New York.

Her mother, Dr Amitha Malaki, is a gynaecologist in Kodagu. "My father was a senior advocate from Sullia. I lost him to Covid at the same time when the new assignment came through, " she said. Her appointment was made on September 18, 2021.

She said her association with the Alternative Law Forum (ALF) has been extremely influential. "Here I learned what 'representation' is. The perspective shift of placing 'community hardship' happened here.

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