Bio Data of Ms Jyotika Kalra
Ms Jyotika Kalra, a practicing Advocate and Advocate-on-record with the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India having more than twenty seven years of experience assumed office as Member of the National Human Rights Commission on 5th of April 2017. Born in Delhi on 7th of October 1966, Ms Kalra holds Bachelors in Commerce and Law from Delhi University and Masters in Law from Kurukshetra University.
She has filed many Public Interest Litigations (PIL), significant among them is opening up a channel for females to practice as make-up artist in Cine industry after 60 years. Her curative petition concerning the rights of married women, resulted in setting aside of a Supreme Court judgement. She has filed many PILs raising the issue of non-recruitment of women in the Armed Forces. She was appointed Amicus Curie in important matters, some of them concerning the violation of women’s rights.
She was on the panel of Supreme Court Legal Services Committee. In many cases argued by her, the death sentence was converted into life sentence.
She has been honoured by the Supreme Court for her three books.She was given the award of outstanding woman in 2014 by the National Commission for Women.She was on the Expert Committee of NCW and deliberated on drafts of women related laws. She has participated in many consultative workshops organised by the Commission. Ms Kalra has been a member of many Internal Complaints Committees, constituted to examine sexual harassment of women at workplace.
A passionate activist, she has been associated with many NGOs, including the All India Women’s Conference & the Indian Federation of University Women’s Associations affiliated to Graduate Women International - both having consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC). As a representative of these organizations, Ms Kalra has attended international conferences at Istanbul, Manchester and United Nations Headquarters, New York. She has deliberated on many rights issues of women which include surrogacy, female foeticide, witch-hunting etc. She has worked on rights of domestic workers, workers in the Gulf; Dalit entry in temples; victims of religious fundamentalism.
In the past, she has enjoyed imparting knowledge as part-time lecturer in Faculty of Law, University of Delhi & I.P. College, Delhi University.