Monday, 20 January 2014

Aayushi Pareek: First blind advocate

First blind advocate

Aayushi Pareek (22), an advocate at the Rajasthan High Court who has 100% permanent sight disability achieved the virtually impossible. In November 2012, when she was just 21, she became the youngest and the first blind girl to be admitted to the Bar Council of Rajasthan Council. She completed her LL B at 19 years and her LL M at 21years of age.

When Aayushi was in Class 4, she was told that her name had been struck off from the school register as she had been absent for 3 days. Any other person with her disability would have given up the fight. Undeterred, she prepared herself for the 10th Class Board Exams as a private student. She procured pre-recorded cassettes of her chosen subjects from the Blind School, Ajmer and listened to them at night. During the day, her family helped her to revise her lessons. 

She cleared the Board exams with a First Division (77.17%) in 2002. She was only 11 years old at that time. Thereafter, she completed her education as a regular student.

In 2007, Aayushi was awarded the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement for her outstanding ability in the field of Academics, Art and Cultural Activities. An accomplished exponent of Indian Vocal Music many awards and scholarships have been conferred on her.