Given away by Dr C Rangarajan, Hon’ble Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister on 25th Day of March 2013 at New Delhi
It is not common for a lawyer to commit oneself to social issues as well. Kirti Singh is one such exception who is an activist and a practicing lawyer, intensely working for women’s rights and human rights for over three decades.
She has been instrumental in legal reforms in legislations pertaining to women and children including reforms to the laws prohibiting child marriage in India and recognition of acid attacks as a specific crime. She has been at the forefront, working with National Commission for Women, pushing for change in the laws relating to sexual assault in the Indian Penal Code and in other related laws.
She has also drafted a bill on the killings and crimes in the name of ‘Honour’ and tradition. More recently, she has been instrumental in pushing for change in laws pertaining to sexual harassment and assault. She has published an acclaimed book on economic rights and entitlements of divorced and separated women that encapsulates her lifetime’s work.