The Woman of The Year, Deepika Rajawat

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Deepika Rajawat, awardee of woman of the year title, fought for Asifa.
Deepika Rajawat, an advocate of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, came into news earlier this year when she filed a writ petition for Asifa’s case, an 8-year-old who was gang-raped in Kathua District of the state.
 
Rajawat completed her law from NLU Jodhpur. She is also the Chairperson of NGO called Voice for Rights. She received the Charkha fellowship and Ladli award for her work in the field of Juvenile Justice.
 
The lady was disbarred as she took the Kathua case and was threatened. The colleagues started treating her unfairly, and she was called an anti-nationalist and that she belonged with JNU. After which her response won the hearts of many, “Everyone holds their pride close to their heart. And when I see my pride getting attacked, my heart beats faster. Especially after I have lived an extremely hard life, and belong to a less privileged section of the society. But if you were to ask me to choose between getting damaged this way and not fighting for the child, I would fight for the child, and not care for the damage.”
 
For all the abuse she has received for representing the victim’s family, Rajawat has also garnered support from various quarters. She is grateful to Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, who appeared in the matter before the Supreme Court pro bono.
If you were to ask me to choose between getting damaged this way and not fighting for the child, I would fight for the child, and not care for the damage.
She has also filed a case against Sudhir Joshi, who was doing this case for Zee News. He had accused her of being part of the alleged ‘Bharat Tere Tukde Honge’ gang. It was alleged that she was at JNU. All of sudden, she was portrayed as an anti-nationalist, without confirming facts. Though, she did not give up and continued fighting for Asifa’s Justice.
 
Lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat has won the prestigious award of the year at the Indian Merchants Chamber of Commerce & Industry Ladies Wing – ‘Woman of the Year’, after providing justice to the girl. The award function was held in Mumbai on June 11.

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