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From Dowry Victim to Supreme Court Lawyer: Priyadharshni Rahul's Inspiring Journey

Her story serves as a beacon of hope, inspiring countless women to rise above adversity and reclaim their dignity

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on March 25, 2024, 14:43:49


lawyer, supreme court, dowry, legal

Priyadharshni Rahul's story is one of resilience, determination, and empowerment. Her life took a drastic turn at 24 when her marriage collapsed due to unreasonable dowry demands.

Refusing to succumb to societal pressure, she embarked on a journey of resilience and empowerment, transitioning from a victim to a prominent Supreme Court lawyer.

In 2011, facing the shattering fallout of her broken engagement, Priyadharshni recalls the blow to her self-esteem and trust. Unwilling to accept defeat, she pursued legal recourse, challenging the injustice she faced.

Despite societal expectations to remain silent, Priyadharshni's resolve to define her own self-worth led her to the doors of the Madras High Court, where she began her legal battle.

Studying law while fighting her case, Priyadharshni's commitment never wavered. She navigated the complexities of the legal system, eventually reaching the apex court.

Her determination, fueled by a desire for justice, never faltered. "You have to decide what your self-respect is, not the society," she emphasises, underscoring her unwavering resolve.

After 14 years of relentless pursuit, Priyadharshni achieved a breakthrough with the intervention of the Supreme Court. However, her victory extended beyond personal triumph.

She selflessly donated her compensation to the Supreme Court Advocates Welfare Fund, symbolising her commitment to supporting others in need.

Priyadharshni's journey didn't end with her legal victory. Refusing to let her identity be defined by her ordeal, she immersed herself in various initiatives.

From volunteering in prestigious awards programmes to establishing Next Gen Political Leaders, she became a catalyst for change, empowering others to join the fight for justice.

With unwavering support from her husband, Priyadharshni continues her advocacy, providing legal assistance to organisations, corporations and politicians.

Her story serves as a beacon of hope, inspiring countless women to rise above adversity and reclaim their dignity.

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