It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Shardha Rajam.
Shardha Rajam is currently a fifth year student of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, India, and is interested in International Human Rights Law, Public Interest Lawyering and the rights based approach. Her interest in these areas has translated into action, as she has aided in the filing of several petitions at the Indian Supreme Court – including those surrounding the issue of access to legal education and legal professions, rights of the differently-abled, etc. Her interest in the issue of disability has motivated her to work for local organisations which seek to sensitise communities about their rights. Presently, she is working on a curative petition to decriminalise homosexuality in India, which has been joined by several other eminent petitioners. Her work experiences at the Centre for Internet and Society, the Supreme Court and High Courts of India, as well as research assistantships under eminent scholars such as Dr. Shamnad Basheer, have inspired her to approach contemporary legal issues pertaining to marginalized communities through a rights based lens.