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Sachin Porwal

NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

Sachin is from Udaipur, Rajasthan. His father runs a small printing shop in the city and his mother is a housewife. Sachin’s elder brother is currently studying engineering.

Sachin’s interest in law emerges from his own life experiences. He lost his vision at the age of 13 due to Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare retina disease. He wanted to change his school after the 10th standard but was denied admission due to his disability. However, through his relentless determination and resourcefulness, he succeeded in securing admission to the school. He fought for his rights under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 with help from the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Eyeway, and Support Foundation.

After this incident, Sachin decided to pursue law. He understood the importance of spreading the basic knowledge of legal rights and the law among people, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds. He realised that the law is a powerful tool to prevent injustice and exploitation. He wants to come to the aid of those who suffer because of their backgrounds, circumstances, and lack of resources. He believes that this field will enable him to make a mark.

Due to his disability, Sachin often heard that he can only find future opportunities in limited fields like music, teaching, etc. Undaunted by these ableist assumptions, Sachin knows his potential and calibre. Despite facing many hardships, he does not want his life to be restricted by people’s perceptions about disability and disabled persons. His parents dream of seeing him succeed. Sachin’s family has been his strength throughout his journey.

Although Sachin left no stone unturned, affording an education from a good NLU was a distant possibility for his family due to financial constraints. His dream became a reality when he got introduced to IDIA through a sensitisation session conducted by our volunteers at his school when he was studying in the 11th standard.

Sachin has a keen interest in debate, quizzes, literature, and technology. He keeps himself updated about important issues and current affairs. After his selection, Sachin and the IDIA volunteers worked hard to make his dream come true. IDIA conducted regular classes, mocks, and doubt sessions for him. He was allotted personal trainers for support. He was also enrolled with Legal Edge, one of our training partners and provided with English training by us. IDIA always supported Sachin – emotionally and academically. With IDIA’s support, we hope that he achieves the goals for which he has strived.

Headshot of Sachin. He is wearing a black T-shirt and standing against a light-coloured wall.

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