The TIME magazine recently featured the names of the 100 Most Influential People of 2022, and advocate Karuna Nundy is among them. She is not only a lawyer but also a public activist who utilizes her voice to effect change both within and outside the courtroom. She is also a powerful and efficient advocate for women’s rights. Karuna Nundy has battled for anti-rape legislation transformation and workplace sexual harassment cases. She is currently pursuing a judicial challenge to India’s rape statute, which includes a legal exemption for marital rape.
Nundy was born in the Indian city of Bhopal. Her parents were active in government and community service when she was growing up. This motivated her to use her talents to help her neighborhood and country. In Bhopal, she attended the Sardar Patel Vidyalaya. St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, awarded her an economics degree. She worked as a TV journalist for a short time before studying law at Cambridge University. She received the Emmeline Pankhurst Prize, the Amy Cohen Awards, and the Becker Studentship at Cambridge. She went on to Columbia University in New York for her LL.M., where she was awarded the coveted Human Rights Fellowship.
She received the Emmeline Pankhurst Prize, the Amy Cohen Awards, and the Becker Studentship at Cambridge. She went on to Columbia University in New York for her LL.M., where she was awarded the coveted Human Rights Fellowship. Nundy considers her clients to be her equals, and her profession as a lawyer is both a source of inspiration and a calling for her. Meaning, money, and metamorphosis are the three things that matter to her. Nundy enjoys music as a hobby and has spoken out about her father’s efforts to raise her to be a strong and independent lady on several occasions.
Nundy was named to a list of ‘Business India’s Fastest Rising Women Leaders’ by an Economic Times panel, who described her as “renowned in the corporate world for her skill in commercial law.” During her two-day visit to India in November 2019, she also met German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In addition, Forbes Magazine nominated her on their “Self Made Women 2020” list in 2020.
Nundy was also instrumental in crafting the anti-rape bill following the gang rape in Delhi in 2012. She has also provided policy advice and worked on legal reform in the Maldives with the Attorney General’s Office and the Chief Justice of the Maldives Supreme Court, as well as a workshop with the Senate of Pakistan and the Government of Bhutan. In addition, the lawyer was selected to a new panel of experts by the UK foreign office in 2019 to build legal frameworks to preserve media freedom around the world. Nundy is also a member of a UK group convened by Lord David Neuberger and Amal Clooney to protect media freedom.
Her personal motivations stem from her desire to make a positive difference in the world and to correct injustice. She is a strong supporter of India’s Constitution and a proponent of deliberative democracy. Her case selection method is based on legal theory and her personal passion for the cause and the case. Caring, in her opinion, has a significant impact on how complicated and successful the case will be.
A warrior of justice, and a voice that can not be easily silenced, Karuna Nundy is an exemplary citizen of the country and the inspiration of many. She has constantly strived to bring about a change in the law system, and her actions portray pure dedication toward a positive impact on society. Her being featured in Time magazine among the 100 Most Influential People of 2022 is just one of the many golden feathers on her cap!