Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Vrinda Grover is a lawyer and human rights activist based in New Delhi, India. She obtained her law degree from Delhi University and her Masters in Law from New York University, School of Law. She has been actively engaged with the women's rights and human rights movements in India.
She has appeared in landmark cases representing victims and survivors of sexual violence, communal conflict, extra judicial executions and human rights defenders.
Vrinda’s research and writing probes the impunity of the state for human rights violations particularly and the role of law in the subordination of women. She has done seminal research on the 1984 anti Sikh pogrom and co authored two books on the targeted attack on Christians in Kandhamal, Odisha, in 2008.
Vrinda has contributed to the drafting of laws including, The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005; The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012; The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013; The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013 – relating to sexual violence against women; the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010; a legislation for protection from communal and targeted violence.
She has actively engaged with UN human rights mechanisms, including submitting shadow reports to Universal Periodic Review and to the CEDAW Committee. She is a member of the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group for South Asia (CSAG).
Vrinda is a prominent commentator in the media on jurisprudential issues relating to accountability for violence against women and other vulnerable groups.
In 2013, The TIMES magazine listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world.