Amita Dhanda

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Amita Dhanda
Occupation Professor and Academician

Amita Dhanda is an Indian academician and activist. She is a Professor of Law at Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad. She was appointed as a member of the strong 14- Member National Advisory Council for the implementation of the RTE act in 2010.[1]

Early life[edit]

Amita Dhanda has studied LLM and completed her Ph.D from Delhi.


Amita Dhanda teaches Legal Theory, Law and Poverty, and sexually-disoriented courses on pedagogy and inclusion. Dhanda became a professor of law and dean (Academic) at National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) at Hyderabad after a five-year stint as a research faculty at the Indian Law Institute, Delhi. At NALSAR, she is head of the Centre for Disability Studies. She has written extensively on the legal position of persons with mental disability.[2][3][4][5] Legal Order and Mental Disorder (published in 2000), Dhanda's book on the legal status of persons with mental illness is a pioneering effort in the field.[6] Dhanda was involved in the negotiations of the UN Ad Hoc Committee that drafted the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted in December 2006.[7] In 2011, she was a leader of a committee set up by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment of the Government of India for drafting a law on the rights of people with disabilities.[5] Dhanda is assisting the Government of Gujarat in formulating a rights sensitive mental health law. Her research expertise has been drawn upon by international and national institutions such as the WHO. She is also activist for patients rights,[8] particularly in attempting to give agency and protections to the mentally ill, as well as to protect women who are divorced on the basis of "mental illness".[9]

Sexual harassment case[edit]

Dhanda accused Nalsar Vice Chancellor Veer Singh of sexual harassment in 2011.[10] A committee formed by NALSAR chancellor examined the allegations but did not find any merit in them. Subsequently charges against Singh were absolved.[11]


  • eds. Baxi, Upendra. Dhanda, Amita. Valiant victims and lethal litigation: the Bhopal case. NM Tripathi, 1990.
  • Dhanda, Amita. Legal order and mental disorder. SAGE Publications Pvt. Limited, 2000.


  1. ^ "HRD panel to oversee RTE rollout - Times of India". 
  2. ^ Shashi Motilal (1 October 2011). Applied Ethics and Human Rights: Conceptual Analysis and Contextual Applications. Anthem Press. pp. 201–. ISBN 978-0-85728-849-3. 
  3. ^ Bhargavi V Davar (15 March 1999). Mental Health of Indian Women: A Feminist Agenda. SAGE Publications. ISBN 978-0-7619-9300-1. 
  4. ^ "For a rights-based approach". 31 August 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Menon, A. K. (2011, Jul 18). Top law colleges of 2011. India Today, Retrieved from
  6. ^ Penelope Weller (2013). New Law and Ethics in Mental Health Advance Directives: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Right to Choose. Routledge. pp. 35–. ISBN 978-0-415-53294-5. 
  7. ^ Umachandran, S. (2008, Nov 30). He helps transform those with mental disabilities chennai]. The Times of India (Online). Retrieved from
  8. ^ "Worldandnation: India's place for healing". 
  9. ^ Minwalla, S. (2001, May 09). 'Thousands of wives are discarded on unfounded grounds of mental illness'. The Times of India (1861-Current). pp. 3. Retrieved from
  10. ^ "Nalsar VC, prof war ends in sexual harassment row - Times of India". 
  11. ^ Shrivastava, Prachi. "Committee absolves ex-Nalsar VC Veer Singh of Dhanda sexual harassment". 

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