Sharayu Jadhav, an Indian lawyer who will receive a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in May 2009, has received an award from the Philadelphia Bar Association for her outstanding achievements in international law and human rights.
The award was presented by the Bar’s International Law Committee on March 24.
Since 2001, Jadhav has volunteered with NGO’s to spread awareness about child sexual abuse and for the education of children. As a legal associate for Citizens for Justice and Peace in Mumbai, India, she assisted in a retrial of the Best Bakery case stemming from the 2002 riots in Gujarat, in which 14 Muslims, including five children younger than age 5, were burned to death by Hindu assailants. The retrial resulted in the convictions of nine defendants for murder and in admissions of government misconduct, including witness intimidation.
Upon graduation from Penn Law, Jadhav plans to continue advocating for women and children’s rights and for legal remedies to address communal violence in India and throughout South Asia.