Apar Gupta, 32
Interest: Cyber law
Education: Indraprastha University, Delhi; Columbia Law School, Masters in Law
Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, caught Delhi lawyer Apar Gupta’s attention in early 2012. After a few controversial arrests under the section—decried by activists and netizens alike—he approached civil liberties group Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) to take note of the implications of this section.
Yug Mohit Chaudhry, 46
Interest: Anti-death penalty activist
Education: St Stephen’s College, Delhi; Oxford, Cambridge.
In November 2004, police in Chhattisgarh picked up Sonu Sardar for killing a family of five. After a long trial, Sonu got the maximum penalty: death. This April, the president rejected his mercy petition as well. But a chance encounter in May with student-researchers from National Law University, Delhi, has given Sonu a chance.
Interest: Human rights
Education: BA, St Stephens College; LLB, Delhi University; Masters in Law, NYU
It’s eight months since seven victims of rape during the riots in Muzaffarnagar approached Vrinda Grover for legal help. Since then, Grover has approached the Supreme Court, written to the UP government, the district authorities and police in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, and, finally, approached the National Commission for Minorities.