Ankita Wilson

She completed her LLB in 2018 from Amity University Noida and joined Human Rights Law Network as a volunteer and then went on to become a full time lawyer. She has been working on a number of issues including cases relating to bonded labour, service matters, labour rights, disability, acid attack, rape, sexual violence against children, reproductive rights and various kinds of public interest litigation. She wishes to continue working on Criminal cases, cases related to atrocities against Dalits, cases related to atrocities and cases with regard to rights of persons from the LGBTQIA+ community.

Coming from a family where she wasn’t exposed to marginalization, she never knew that there existed plethora of people deprived of their basic rights that ensured them a life of dignity. It was only later in school that she became aware that people discriminated against a person based on their caste, religion, financial position and various other factors. In spite of studying in a convent school, she was astonished to see that people wouldn’t interact with others because of a difference in religion. Though it didn’t affect her personally to a large extent, the phenomena itself was disturbing.  Seeing the disparity between two sections of society where the privileged did not care about the atrocities and issues faced by the marginalized was extremely disturbing to her.

It is then she realized her interests in superficial things made her ignorant to the real issues around her. That’s when she realized that there was nothing more relevant and impactful than pursuing law, in order to show her effort at the micro level. A particularly disturbing phenomenon she noticed and deeply concerns her is as to why is it that only the person affected by injustice fights against injustice. The very perception that “I won’t react till it starts affecting me” has always been disturbing. As a matter of fact, until a comparatively privileged person doesn’t stand for the marginalized substantial change is impossible. Until Muslims stand for Dalit rights, Hindus protest violence against Muslims, men oppose injustices against wome, the privileged raises their voices for abolishing caste discrimination, the society won’t see change.

Corporate and other fields of law therefore weren’t even an option for her, for all she wanted was to be a part of a developmental or human rights organization. She has found HRLN to be a space where she has been learning more as each day passes