Saudamini Pethe became First Deaf Lawyer to Enrol with Delhi Bar Council

Saudamini Pethe law insider

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Published on: 16 December 2022 at 15:07 IST

In first kind of case in itself in Delhi, Saudamini Pethe enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi.

Saudamini Pethe, lost hearing at the age of nine after being infected with meningitis and subsequently taking strong medicines, feels that words like ‘disability’ and ‘impairment’ have negative connotations.

Saudamini Pethe would be arguing her matters in courts through the medium of an Indian Sign Language (ISL) interpreter and seeks to be an inspiration for the deaf youth to join the legal profession and contribute to the cause of their community.

Saudamini Pethe wants to work for the rights of the hearing impaired and help them gain access to education, healthcare and justice.

Saudamini Pethe said, “My aim is to use my law degree to advocate for the cause of deaf rights. To make it possible for the deaf community in India to gain access in every aspect of life, be it education, health care, or career and most importantly get access to justice,”.

Pethe, who communicated with PTI said, “I also want to spread more awareness, and empower the deaf by equipping them with the knowledge of their legal rights and become capable of ensuring that these rights are fulfilled. I want to inspire more deaf youth to join the legal profession and contribute to the cause of the deaf,”.

Senior advocate K K Manan, chairman of the Bar Council of Delhi, said “We have given the licence to her to practice, which is rarely given in such a situation. But we would like to settle her so that she can stand on her own feet. So that she can do things on her own. She can earn a livelihood for herself and her family. We have taken all these things into consideration and that is why we did it”.

Born in Mumbai’s Dombivli, Pethe said she has faced many communication barriers and majority of these challenges arose due to lack of accessibility in schools, colleges, public transport or even hiring a cab.

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