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Trailblazing Women of Today: Karuna Nundy

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

Nehal Gaikwad [Team Her Forum]


“There are lots of women that I admire and I believe to be heroes. And I should accept it with grace.” – Karuna Nundy

As a fresher in law school, I was glancing through the pages of my college magazine wherein I stumbled upon an interview of a woman of steel and zeal. Her qualifications and experience were even commendable for she started with a Bachelor’s degree in economics from St Stephen’s College in Delhi, went on to study law at Cambridge University in the UK, and studied for LL.M. from Columbia Law University in New York. Her name means compassion which reflects through her actions.

Ms. Karuna Nundy is an Advocate at the Supreme Court of India and an international human rights lawyer and specializes in constitutional law, commercial law, criminal law, media, gender, tech, and international law. She is also qualified to practice in India and in the State of New York. She has done consultancies on various aspects of International Law with UNICEF, UNDP, and the IPU, in UN HQ in New York, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the Maldives, and Nepal to name a few.

An epitome of strength, caliber, and empowerment, Ms. Nundy is known for speaking her mind, being an agent of change, and for standing up for everything that matters. She has been instrumental in bringing a change and shaping law around gender justice and freedom of speech, women, and children represented victims in some of the country’s most-watched cases including the victims and families of those affected in the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy, contributing to India’s anti-rape bill, and taking on corporations and governments. She appears on various platforms to speak on contemporary issues, provide legal opinion and advice, and uses her public engagement as a platform to be a catalyst of change.

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