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Farheen Syeed Kapra

photo of Farheen Syeed Kapra Photo courtesy of Farheen Syeed Kapra.

Known For: Lawyer, Shura Council Member
Country: India

About

Farheen Syeed Kapra is an Indian lawyer and researcher. Since 2001, she has actively practiced in the areas of civil rights, public interest law, and domestic law. Her focus has been the rights of the marginalized sections of society, ranging from women to drug users to people affected by HIV/AIDS. With regard to women, her area of expertise is gender rights. She has litigated and researched on issues of domestic violence, matrimonial disputes, inheritance/property rights, and sex selective abortions.

Farheen has also been actively engaged in preventing domestic violence against Muslim women through litigation, research, and advocacy. She was one of the architects of a bill proscribing domestic violence against women; in 2005, the bill was enacted as law in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the only Muslim majority state in India. Regarding drug users and people affected by HIV/AIDS, her area of expertise has been anti-discrimination work and the right to medical treatment and livelihood. She was also the first lawyer in the state of Jammu and Kashmir to file a public interest class action lawsuit on regulating public smoking.

Farheen is an avid student of Islamic sources and literature. She hopes that her research and hard work will contribute to a better life for her sisters in Islam. She recently immigrated to the United States.

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