Doma T Bhutia took over as the new additional advocate general of Sikkim on Thursday Credit: EastMojo image

Gangtok: Sikkim got its first woman additional advocate general (AAG) when Doma T Bhutia was elevated to the senior law officer’s post in the state as per an order of the law, legal, legislative and parliamentary affairs department.

Bhutia joined her office formally on Thursday when she was surrounded by her well-wishers who came to congratulate her.

While speaking with EastMojo, Bhutia shared her happiness and gratitude towards the newly formed government for believing in her calibre and giving her the honour. “Women are often considered weak or unworthy when it comes to challenging professions, including mine. But I strongly feel that women are capable of taking any tasks in life,” said Bhutia who belongs to a small pool of Indian women holding the coveted position.

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As the new AAG of Sikkim, she said would continue to work on issues of public interests and focus on benefiting people through the law. “With the legal support, we would be giving the right suggestions to the government and they will make policies and plans and make sure that the law is not infringed,” she added.

She further shared some of her landmark cases such as the ones involving the disabled people of Sikkim.

Bhutia completed Ph D in Law from Mumbai University and has over 20 years of litigation experience. She has appeared before the Supreme Court of India as well as various high courts like the Sikkim High Court, Bombay High Court, Delhi High Court, Jabalpur High Court (Principal Bench), Indore High Court and Gwalior High Court.

Her area of practice includes civil as well as criminal matters, writ petitions, public interest litigation, human rights including the rights of women, sexual and reproductive rights and children’s rights.

The lawyer has served in the capacity of senior legal consultant for Human Rights Law Network, a leading NGO based in Delhi, and has worked extensively on various human right issues. She has also provided pro-bono legal consultation services to a number of NGOs in Sikkim like Ashi NGO, Spastic Society and Viklanga Satayaha Simiti.

She was also associated as a guest lecturer with Sikkim University and Sikkim Government Law College, Tadong.

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Given her experience and expertise, Bhutia was appointed as a member of the Bezbaruah Committee constituted by the Union ministry of home affairs on racial discrimination of Northeast citizens. She has also served as a member to the Gender Sensitisation Unit of Sikkim University.

Bhutia has also contributed articles and columns in local dailies and national magazines. In addition, she has also authored various handbooks on human trafficking, sexual harassment at the workplace, etc, which were aimed at sensitising the community and concerned stakeholders.

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